This past October 28th, a record number of potentially dangerous prescription drugs were taken in during the 8th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Held nationwide, the collection of over 450 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal was handled by more than 5,300 collection sites. Since the programs inception, the DEA has collected more than 4,500 tons of drugs.
Aimed at removing all types of unwanted drugs, take back events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from our homes, helping to reduce the change of them being stolen and/or abused by others.
"More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance. The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen," said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. "This is a crisis that must be addressed from multiple angles. Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts."
Helping people to dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce the addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country due to opioid medications.
The Coalition continues to do its part in this effort and will be hosting a medicine take back day early in 2018. Check back to our website for date, time and location.