To help visitors to www.AWARErx.org more easily find disposal locations in their area, the AWARXE® Prescription Drug Safety Program has launched a location-based search tool. Visitors who type an address, city, state, or zip code into the website’s new search tool will receive a list and map of the closest medication disposal sites. Law enforcement organizations, civic centers, and pharmacies are the most common sites where prescription drugs can be disposed of in a manner that is safe for family, friends, and the environment.
The disposal of unwanted prescription drugs has become an important part of drug safety. More than half of prescription drug abusers obtained the drugs from family or friends. There are 6.8 million people aged 12 and older who have used prescription drugs recreationally. To reduce the chance of prescription drug misuse or abuse within a household, AWARXE recommends disposing of unused, unwanted, or expired drugs in a timely fashion. The ability to find local medication disposal sites with AWARXE’s easy-to-use search tool will simplify this essential part of drug safety.