The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place again on April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
That's why the DEA and local agencies are holding Take Back Day events across the country.
During the October 2017 event, Pennsylvania law enforcement collected 36,909 pounds of prescription drugs, according to Yaw's office.
"Clean out your medicine cabinets and keep prescription drugs safe", read an email from Florida Council on Aging. Medicine cabinets at home and friends' homes are popular sources for drugs to abuse, many teens report.
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Last October, Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
In the last eight years, the DEA has collected more than 9 million pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at 14 previous events, including over 100 pounds of pills from Staten Island last year. It forms one strand in a web of growing national strategies aimed at combating what is widely considered to be the greatest drug crisis in USA history, driven by opioid abuse, a deadly habit that claimed more than 64,000 lives a year ago. Log on to deatakeback.com to find a collection site near you. "As an organization dedicated to helping individuals and families coping with substance use disorders achieve recovery, every day we see firsthand how seemingly harmless leftover prescriptions, in the wrong hands, can quickly lead to substance use disorders that destroy lives and tear families apart".
Permanent drug take-back box. The Controlled Substances Act-the law that governs drug enforcement-dictates that the recipients of prescriptions can not give their drugs away, even for their disposal or destruction. "The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found that one way that Americans can help prevent drug abuse and addiction is to properly dispose of unneeded or expired prescription drugs". Liquids, inhalers, patches or syringes will not be accepted.
Both San Bernardino and Fontana Police Departments operate year-round collection sites. The service is free and anonymous.