ASHNHA is encouraging its member hospitals to sponsor drug take-back days and is providing hospitals with resources to help them start those programs. There are suggestions and guides below to help you get started.
You can check with your local hospital, pharmacy, or doctor’s office for information on programs they are part of and how to get involved. Also, many law enforcement agencies in Alaska offer free prescription drug and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine drop-off programs. Contact your local law enforcement or state trooper office for local drop-off locations. You can also contact the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Registration Call Center at 800-882-9539 or use the online Search Utility to find a registered collection receptacle near you. Many pharmacies are also accepting unwanted medications for safe disposal. Contact your local pharmacy to determine options. In some cases, pharmacies, hospitals, and doctor’s offices have information for mail-back programs with envelopes available for a fee that can be used for disposal of medicines.
Search the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day website for upcoming events. Consider sponsoring a Drug Take-Back Day in your community!
Guide to starting a take-back program:
Programs to consider:
Opioid Storage and Disposal Materials: