National drug take-back scheduled for Sept. 26

July 31, 2015

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced plans to hold its 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back on September 26, 2015.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced plans to hold its 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back on September 26, 2015.

From 10 am through 2 pm, officials at collection sites throughout the country will accept unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. DEA will post drug take-back sites on September 1.

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“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” Chuck Rosenberg, DEA’s acting administrator said.  "Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”

Studies have shown that many of the drugs that are diverted for illegal use are gained from family and friends. Additionally, drugs that are improperly disposed of through either flushing or through the garbage can cause both safety and health hazards.

During the previous take-back events, 4,823,251 pounds of unwanted medications were collected.