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April 23, 2012

Clean Out Your Home Medicine Cabinet On Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DEA and its partners will hold the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. To locate a collection site near you, click here.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high — more Americans abuse prescription drugs than the number of people using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Americans participating in DEA’s three previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly a million pounds — almost 500 tons — of prescription drugs at approximately 5,300 sites operated by more than 4,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.

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