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Second Prescription Drug Take Back Day Scheduled

The National Association of Attorneys General is supporting the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for April 30. During that day, the public can turn in unused, unneeded, and expired prescription drugs for safe and proper disposal at local drop off sites.

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Last September, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored the first national day with participation by state Attorneys General and 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies, among others. Over 121 tons of pills were collected that day at 4,000 sites across the 50 states. With the overwhelming success of this first event, a second day was scheduled.

This national initiative provides an alternative to environmentally-destructive ways of disposing drugs. The collected drugs will be burned in treatment plants. Typically consumers throw them out and the pills end up in landfills and water supplies.

The DEA will offer site locations and other information about the Take Back Day on its website, www.dea.gov, starting in early March.

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David Thompson
A University of Maryland police officer helped a DEA agent seal up a bag of dropped off drugs during the September event. Photo Credit DEA..