April 30th is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Posted By Schick Shadel || Apr 28, 2016
Over the last five years, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has collected and destroyed roughly 5.5 million pounds of unused prescription medication. Now, the DEA is continuing with the goal of collecting unwanted, unused, and expired prescriptions.
The DEA has set up more than 5,000 collection sites throughout the United States. These will be manned by over 3,800 partners of local law enforcement and the DEA on Saturday, April 30th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can use the DEA website to find a location near you.
The DEA will only be accepting prescription pills and other solids. No liquids or needles should be brought.
In the DEA’s announcement, DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said the following,
Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet. Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets.
The program was brought forth due to the prescription drug addiction and overdose epidemic in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription medication. Drug overdose is one of the nation’s leading causes of injury-related death. By removing unwanted and unused prescription pills, you can prevent them from being abused by someone else and effectively fight against the epidemic.
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