DEA Aims for Record in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

DEA Aims for Record in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Moreover, he added, the two Drug Take Back Days in 2017 resulted in the Cecil County drop-off sites collecting a combined 541 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription medications, which marked a 115 percent increase from the 2016 totals. This service is free and anonymous.

"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.




Citizens can also take advantage of the prescription drug drop-box located in the lobby of the police department 24/7, 365 days a year. DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that flushing these drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash posed potential safety and health hazards. In addition to the WC location, local residents can drop off unwanted medications from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Weatherford High School Ninth Grade Center front parking lot. There has been a 150 percent increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma over the last 15 years, with prescription drugs being involved in 69 to 78 percent of these fatalities in the last five years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

The DEA can not accept liquids or needles. The Take-Back initiative is one of several strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion in the nation.

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