Tuesday, October 11, 2011

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. 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.

To address this issue, the DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

Visit the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration web site (http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html) to locate drop-off sites in your neighborhood.

Make this vital public safety and public health issue your concern and keep your family safe. Turn in your unused or expired prescriptions.

The DEA offers this service every six months. Keep this in mind when looking through your medicine cabinet. Remove and collect medication as it expires, then take it in on the next collection date.

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