Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Hauls in 647,211 Pounds of Unused Meds
The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26, 2013, brought in the second-largest amount of unused drugs in Take-Back history, the agency stated in a press release. The level of consumer participation in the event shows the continued need for a means of safe, legal disposal of unused medications, including prescription controlled substances.
More than 5,600 locations were provided during the seventh Take-Back Day, and 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of unneeded medications were collected, indicates DEA. The seven Take-Back Days combined collected a total of 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of unneeded prescription drugs, helping to prevent diversion, misuse, and abuse of the drugs. DEA has been holding take-back days twice each year, once in spring and once in fall, since 2010.
AWARXE encourages consumer participation in the biannual DEA Drug Take-Back events and the AWARXE Web site provides information about the importance of safe drug disposal in helping to curb prescription drug abuse year round.