Written by Jane McInnis
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration has set its next “National Take Back Initiative” event for Oct. 26.
The event provides citizens with a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
"According to the 2011 study, twice as
many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who
regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined,"
cited an article on the
During the last event on April 27, 371 tons of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.
[RELATED: Public Response to DEA’s Take-Back Day Grows]
Local law enforcement, DEA, businesses and the
community team up to provide a venue for citizens to safely and securely
dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medications.
Information about disposing of unwanted medications can be found here.
If your agency would like to participate or host a collection site in Northern California, email Program Coordinator Glenn Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and electronic registration.