May 4, 2012

276 tons of unwanted medicine collected during drug ‘Take-Back’

Posted Friday, May 4

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced that during last week’s National Take-Back Initiative, where Americans turned in unwanted and un-needed prescription drugs at drop-off locations, 276 tons were collected.

That amount equals more than 55,161 pounds of unwanted medicines.

The program, which took place Saturday, April 28, started in 2010 and is an effort to prevent old prescription meds from getting into the wrong hands and also being improperly disposed of. For example, if medicines are flushed in the toilet, they can pollute water supplies.

According to the Washington Post, since the program’s start, the DEA through the Take-Back has removed more than 1.5 million pounds — or 774 tons — of medication from circulation.

Click here to learn more about the National Take-Back Initiative.

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