Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday April 27

National Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday April 27, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at select locations.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

More than two million pounds of prescription medications have been turned in during the prior five collections, according to the release.

You can find a take-back location near you by visiting the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Diversion Control website, by entering your city, state or more narrowly, zip code.

Government data show that 6.1 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2011 and that about 20,000 people a year die from prescription drug overdoses. On Monday, a survey was released showing that teen drug abuse is up 33% since 2008.

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