October 9, 2012

Take-Back effort collects 2M pounds of prescription drugs

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

The Drug Enforcement Administration initiative, Drug Take-Back Day, has — according to the Associated Press — taken 2 million pounds of unused, potentially dangerous prescription medications out of circulation in the past two years.

Last weekend marked the fifth time Americans have been asked by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners to sift through the house looking for unwanted and expired prescription drugs. Citizens are then asked to deliver the drugs to one of thousands of special disposal sites around the country.

The Associated Press reports that the latest Take-Back Day collected nearly half a million pounds of drugs.

A recent government survey found that more than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Most of those people say they got those prescription painkillers from friends or relatives.

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