Nationwide Take-Back Prescription Drugs Day

On Saturday, April 30th, 2011 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.
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. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that individuals that abuse prescription drugs often obtained them 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 and are both potential safety and health hazards.

Visit any of the following sites to learn more about the Take-Back initiative:

– http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr041911ap.html
– http://www.nationaltakebackday.com/toolbox/index.php
– http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc

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