DEA Announces 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Events
Aug 21st, 2015
The 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm local time in every state except Pennsylvania and Delaware, where the event will take place two weeks earlier on September 12th. As with the previous Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.
According to the DEA, The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are unaware that medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses linked to unused medications. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” Rosenberg said. “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”
In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.
For more information on these Drug Take-Back events, contact: DEA Public Affairs