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National Take-Back Day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, to be held on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to dispose of those medications easily and safely. Citizens who participated in the DEA’s most recent take-back event this past April turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

For more information, including a Collection Site Locator and a Partnership Toolbox, visit DEA’s website.

NATIONAL TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”

“With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” said Leonhart.

DEA Holding Second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its community partners will hold the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at sites throughout the United States. This will be an opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal. Long-term care facilities are also invited to participate in the National Take Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Prescription drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates in the U.S — more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. As rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, so are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of 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.
You can help make this Take Back Day a success by sharing information about the program with your membership, partner organizations, and others who are concerned about prescription drug abuse. You can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, or www.justthinktwice.com and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon and following the links to a database, where you can enter your local zip code. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call 1-800-882-9539 for assistance in finding a collection site near you.

Minnesota HR Conference

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Minnesota HR Conference Oct 12 & 13 in Rochester, MN. Robin Turner will be presenting on Oct 12th at 10:30 am topic: Drug & Alcohol Awareness in the Workplace… please join us!

Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors to be held on October 22, 2009 in Grand Forks. Contact Global Safety Network to register today!

Safety & Security in the Workplace

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Mark your calendars for October 6, 2009 – NOSHA presents “Safety & Security in the Workplace” to be held at the Clarion Inn (formerly Holiday Inn)- FREE and open to the public. Limited space is available! Register on line at www.nosha.net.

National Drug-Free Work Week

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Mark Your Calendars for Drug-Free Work Week!
The U.S. Department of Labor