Americans are being encouraged to gather expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets this Saturday (tomorrow) and take them to one of the more than 4,000 drop-off sites around the country.
The national “Take-Back” campaign is part of the effort to reduce the growing problem of teen abuse of prescription drugs, the Associated Press reported.
“We have an epidemic,” said acting Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Michele Leonhart. The DEA is working on the “Take-Back” with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and thousands of state and local agencies.
“Our research shows that the No. 1 source of medicines that kids abuse is their own home medicine cabinet or a family member or friend’s home,” Steve Pasierb, president of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, told the AP.
Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country. The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. And, the program is anonymous.
- Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
- Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
- Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
You can find a collection site near you here. Please check back often as new collection sites will be added daily.