2021 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 21, 2021


This year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 24. In line with this national event, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Substance Misuse Prevention Program is committed to assisting rural Alaskan communities to develop local solutions to address and prevent the misuse of unused or expired medication. 

FREE safe medication disposal bags and buckets are available for immediate shipment at iknowmine.org/shop.

Safe medication disposal products are a great solution to safely dispose of old, expired, or unused medicines and can easily be implemented in rural, remote communities or urban areas. By reducing unintended access to medications in our homes, we help keep our families, kids, and communities safe. If medicines are unused or expired, please take time to dispose of them in a safe way.

The Deterra® Drug Deactivation products, by Verde® Environmental Technologies, include safe medication disposal bags and buckets and are FREE to individuals, Tribal health organizations, and health care providers throughout Alaska. These products are:

  • Mailed directly to you 
  • Available in multiple sizes 
  • Are effective in deactivating medications 
  • Are safe to throw away in your local landfill or dump site 

Safe medication disposal buckets provide a simple and convenient way for communities, organizations and health clinics to dispose of unwanted, bulk medication in remote areas of Alaska, while reducing both the effect on the environment and safety risks associated with normal trash disposal of medications. 

The buckets are also a great opportunity for communities to host their own “take-back” events and eliminate the need for incinerating collected medication. 

FREE safe medication disposal bags and buckets are available for immediate shipment at: www.iknowmine.org/shop

To learn more about the ANTHC’s Substance Misuse Prevention Program’s safe medication disposal efforts, visit ANTHC’s website

For questions and presentation requests, contact ANTHC’s Substance Misuse Prevention Program via email at: saprevention@anthc.org

If you are concerned you or someone you know may be misusing prescription opioids or alcohol, help is available. Get immediate help from a local poison expert by calling the Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Visit the Alaska Poison Control System website


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