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October 23rd is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 18, 2021 – When used properly, prescription drugs can do wonders. They can make post-operative recovery an easier, less painful process, help manage mental and physical health conditions, and ease the burden for those who suffer from such conditions. When these medications are no longer needed, it is important to dispose of them safely at drug take back boxes like the one available at Ochiltree General Hospital.


On Oct. 23rd the DEA is hosting Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day helps people get rid of unused medications. It removes unnecessary access to prescription drugs, which helps prevent drug abuse and overdoses. The program was started in 2010 and has taken back more than 14 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medication.


In an effort to assist in keeping our community safe from unused medications, Ochiltree General Hospital invites anyone needing to dispose of medications to take advantage of the secure drug take back box available at your local hospital from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22. In order to use the secure drug take back box, grab any medication you would like to dispose of including veterinary medications (please no liquids, aerosols or any item containing a needle), stop by Ochiltree General and let an Admissions staff member know that you would like to dispose of medications. It’s as simple as that! We will make sure you are guided through the process from that point forward.


If you’re unable to make it to a disposal site this October, here are three steps you can take to manage unused medication:

  • Monitor. Note how many prescription medications you have and how many pills are in each.

  • Store. Keep medications in a secure place, like a safe or locked cabinet that only you have access to. The same way you might protect valuables like jewelry or cash, you should do your best to protect prescription medications.

  • Dispose. Your local hospital does offer a drug take back box each business day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also be eligible for mail back programs to dispose of prescription medications. Use the DEA’s controlled substance public disposal locator to find year-round disposal options in your area.

Preventing drug abuse is a daunting task, but everyone can take an active role by getting rid of unused prescription medication. This October, do your part and clean out your medicine cabinet!


Ochiltree General Hospital, your hometown critical access hospital, offers an expansive collection of programs and services designed with you in mind. From our Obstetrics and Women’s Health services to the programs at The Seasons Assisted Living, our aim is to provide for you and your loved ones no matter the stage of life or need.


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