23 sites across South Dakota will be participating in the DEA’s “Take Back Day” April 24

RAPID CITY, S.D. — In an effort to get unused drugs off the street, the Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its 20th Take Back Day.

Take Back Day allows people to anonymously turn in expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications to designated areas. The past year saw a record-high number for drug collections. With over 83,000 Americans suffering from overdoses last year, and close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs being collected, the DEA is stressing take back day this year.

They are also reminding people, although Take Back Day is officially held April 24th, there are always opportunities to turn in old prescriptions.

“Everyday is Take Back Day, and we do have another suggestion on our website, that allows a user to track and to find a registered pharmacy that has permanent collection receptacles inside the pharmacy,” said diversion program manager, Sarah Boblenz. “That are open year round. And it’s the same thing, they’ll take those unwanted.”

23 sites across South Dakota, including the Rapid City Police Department, will be getting involved, collecting tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid prescription drugs at the Public Safety Building downtown. A list of all participating sites is available by clicking here.

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