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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

National Prescription Drug-Take Back Day Success

On April 26th Americans across the country did their part in reducing prescription drug abuse for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Initial reports from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) concluded that this Take-Back Day 6,072 collection sites collected more drugs than ever before - 780,158 pounds. Since 2010, there have been eight Take-Back Days which have collected a total of 4.1 million pounds of prescription drugs, drugs that could have ended up in the wrong hands or flushed down the toilet.

In 2012, approximately 6.8 million Americans reported having abused prescription medications, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The majority of all the prescription drugs abused, more than half, were obtained through relatives or friends, and many times the pills are taken from the family medicine cabinet.

“DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back events provide an obviously needed and valued service to the public, while also reducing prescription drug abuse and trafficking,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a news release. “By taking these medications off their hands, our citizens know they have made their own families and communities safer. We continue to work toward making the process for disposing of controlled substance medications by users and their caregivers even easier by creating regulations that will enable the public to regularly, safely, and conveniently dispose of such medicines when they are no longer needed or wanted.”

More often than not, unused medications end up being consumed by someone who was not prescribed the medication - ultimately fueling the ever growing prescription drug epidemic in America. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days give the average citizen the opportunity to do their part in the fight to keep powerful narcotics out of the hands of teenagers and young adults.

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