National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, October 22nd. Led by the U.S. Department of Justice, this day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for addiction to medications.
Join Walgreens in leading the fight against prescription drug addiction. Using ArcGIS, Walgreens is helping consumers safely dispose of their medications at disposal kiosks in over 500 pharmacies across 35 state including Washington, D.C.
To date, Walgreens has successfully collected more than 10 tons of unused medications and is continuing the fight to help curb the misuse of medications and reduce the rise in overdose deaths in the first ongoing national effort by a retailer.
Read more about Walgreens’ efforts and use this Esri storymap to find your local kiosk.
Join Walgreens in a Twitter town hall at Noon ET TODAY with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to promote take back day and our safe medication program: https://twitter.com/Walgreens.
Several State and County Governments are also proactively engaging their communities by providing maps where citizens can take back their drugs, such as the RX Drug Drop Off Locations by Arizona Department of Health Services.
This map shows several other States and Counties that are providing similar maps.
Each year over 17,000 deaths occur in the U.S from opioid painkillers. This map gallery is just one of many efforts to try and stop the epidemic and loss of great people.
Remembering those lost and sharing stories can help to heal communities. Those who would like are welcome to participate in this remembrance site.