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April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

Did you know this Saturday, April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day?

Whether you live alone or with a large family, it’s important to be sure that you properly dispose of any prescription medications that remain unused in your medicine cabinet. No matter the reason that we may have extra medication, we must take steps to ensure they are not lost, stolen, or misused by those around us. Plus, it’s important to properly dispose of medicines in a safe way that does not negatively impact the environment!

For National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers a range of resources advising us on best disposal techniques at There you can find information on drug scheduling (the labeling of a drug based on its potential for abuse), a drug database, and even a handy tool where you can provide your address for information on the nearest collection center where you live. Google also teamed up with the DEA to put together a convenient map of all the collection sites to help you find spots near you. On the most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October, there were more than 5,000 collection sites that managed to collect and properly dispose of over 900,000 pounds of medications, or 456 tons!

Of course, proper medication disposal cannot be limited to just a couple of days a year, so if you find yourself unable to make it to the nearest collection center Saturday, you can always make use of the DEA Diversion Control Division’s search tool to find public disposal locations year-round.

Remember, appropriate handling of medication is crucial and proper disposal can save lives, so take a look inside your medicine cabinet this Saturday for any prescription medications that require disposal. Be sure to keep us updated with how you spend National Prescription Drug Take Back Day over Facebook and Twitter!

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Seniors Speak Out Has Resources to Help During Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for Medicare is underway until December 7th and with it comes the opportunity to enroll in benefits for the first time, or review your existing coverage to ensure its meeting your current needs. Medicare plans can change from year to year, and sometimes these changes can hit your wallet December 2015and subsequently your health. Open enrollment is the perfect time to do some additional research and make sure you’re getting the right coverage at the best price.

Comparing plans and navigating the process of enrolling in a new plan can seem a bit daunting at first, but it’s imperative to take the time to review them, since selecting the wrong plan might make the medications you require unaffordable or inaccessible. To help, we have updated our resources to give you specifics on plans in each state and tips to make the process as simple and efficient as possible.

If you’re enrolling in Part D for the first time, use these tips to identify the best plan for you. After you’ve familiarized yourself with the general program, Seniors Speak Out also offers state specific resources and information on our “Part D State by State” map. Each state will link you to the number of plans available, the number of beneficiaries enrolled, lowest available monthly premiums, and more. This information will allow you to compare your Part D plan to the others offered in your state and help you make an informed choice.

If you have any additional questions regarding open enrollment, contact your local Area Agency on Aging and schedule a time to talk to someone who’s been trained to help you make the most of your Medicare. Seniors Speak Out offers a map with each state’s contact information here.

Make sure to take advantage of the many benefits offered by Medicare during this open enrollment period so you can stay healthy and active for years to come.