National Rx Drug Take Back

National Rx Drug Take Back Q&A

Q: What is the National Drug Take Back Day?

a. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends (unknowingly), often from the home medicine cabinet.

b. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

c. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which is dangerous and often tragic. That's why it is great to see thousands of folks across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously. ANY AND ALL medications that are not currently being taken can be deposited at Phoebe’s Take Back event (including medications prescribed with injection tools/needles*).

Q: How often do these National Take Back Days occur

  • Two major events occur each year: April and October.
    • In October 2019, the event results were astounding, collecting a total weight of nearly 883,000 pounds of medications (that’s over 440 TONS) - 70 tons* in the state of Georgia alone. This proves that Georgians DO participate in this national safety initiative! 70 tons is roughly the weight of 10 adult elephants!

Q: What moved Phoebe to participate as a collection location?

  • “This initiative is a way to stop the cycle at the beginning, not wait until there is a problem and treat the problem.  There are so many great programs out there to treat opioid addiction, but we want to do something proactive to hopefully avoid the need of that level of support.”  – Dr. Jason Langer of Phoebe General Surgery

Q: When and where can people participate in the next Take Back Event?

  • On Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10am until 2pm,
    • Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital:  we will be in our side parking lot on Jefferson Avenue – next to the Parking Deck and across the street from the old Albany Middle/High School.
    • Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus: main hospital guest parking lot; please enter campus from Highway 280 entrance
    • Phoebe Worth Medical Center in Sylvester:  specialty clinic parking area adjacent to main entrance

At all event locations, we will be accepting expired/unused narcotics/prescriptions as well injectable medications (such as pre-loaded allergy and migraine medications, or insulin needles). We will also take veterinary and over-the-counter medications. *

Phoebe would like to thank our community partners in Southwest Georgia who are helping us make October 2020’s event possible: 

  • Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Albany Dougherty Drug Unit
  • Keep Albany/Dougherty Beautiful
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Americus Police Department
  • Sylvester Police Department

*The acceptance of needles and such prescriptions varies between event locations. Always check the restrictions and allowance for events in your area.

Stay tuned – future dates will be posted here.


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