Saturday, September 4, 2010

Nationwide Drug Take-Back Day Planned in the U.S.

Drug Take-BackOn September 25, 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be coordinating a collaborative effort with state and local agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from the nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm at sites throughout the country.

This first-ever National Drug Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for theft, diversion, and illegal use and pose a growing risk to public health and safety. This one-day effort is intended to bring a national focus on the issue of increasing controlled-substance abuse.

The program is anonymous and both prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications are accepted. However, injectable solutions and needles will not be accepted, and the collection of illicit substances such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine is not a part of this initiative.

For more information on the program [click here]. To find a collection site near you [click here].