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For Immediate Release: April 28, 2011

NAAG Partners in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and others for the second national Prescription Drug “Take-back” Day on April 30. The DEA is leading this collaborative effort with government representatives, community groups, public health organizations and law enforcement authorities to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Attorneys General around the nation will be participating, including promoting drop-off sites in their state.

“In the wrong hands, prescription drugs can be dangerous and even deadly,” said NAAG President and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. “Turning in old medications so they can be destroyed safely means fewer drugs that could be abused or misused.”

This effort follows the first successful national Take-Back day held last September. NAAG was a partner then as well. At that time, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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.

Collection sites can be found by going to www.dea.gov and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database citizens can search by zip code.

Other participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the American Association of Poison Control Centers; the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; D.A.R.E. America; the Federation of State Medical Boards; the U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Family Partnership; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the National District Attorneys Association; the National Sheriffs Association; and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

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The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

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