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EPA Aging Initiative Listserve: The Drug Enforcement Adminstrations’s Second National Drug Take Back Day
February 11, 2011, 10:31 am
Filed under: News

 What: The purpose of this National Take Back Day was to provide a safe and secure location for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted the first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010. 

The Second National Drug Take Back Day is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.  

When:  April 30, 2011

Why:  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  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.  Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

There are also environmental consequences of disposal of unused medications. Drugs that are dumped down drains and toilets can end up in our lakes, streams, and watersheds.  By participating in the drug take-back day you will protect public health and safety and protect the environment.

Where: Further information about the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, including a link to locate a collection site near you, will be posted on this website.


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