Consumers across the country will have another opportunity to help prevent abuse and misuse of prescription drugs by disposing of any unneeded, unwanted medications during the fifth DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, September 29, 2012. <!--more-->On this day from 10 AM to 2 PM consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at one of thousands of collection sites coordinated by DEA and provided by law enforcement agencies and community organizations in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions. The DEA online collection site locator will be available in August 2012.
DEA take-back sites collected a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the fourth DEA Take back day on April 28, 2012. A total of over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication have been collected for safe and secure disposal during the four take-back days combined, reports DEA.
DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart indicates that DEA will continue to sponsor national drug take-back days until a “uniform system for prescription drug disposal” is implemented. Leonhart noted that DEA “take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution. These events are only made possible through the dedicated work and commitment of our state, federal, local, and tribal partners and DEA thanks each and every one of them for their efforts on behalf of the American people."