[Pharmwaste] Third DEA National Take Back Initiative October 29,
DeBiasi, Deborah (DEQ)
Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Tue Sep 20 10:25:24 EDT 2011
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NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE
October 29, 2011
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
* Find a collection site near you.
* Law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site
should call the Point of Contact for your area.
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
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety
and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently
abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and
Health. 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.
DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies
throughout the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take
Back Days on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. Nearly,
4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation
participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.
Four days after last fall's Take-Back Day, Congress passed legislation
amending the Controlled Substances Act to allow the DEA to develop a
process for people to safely dispose of their prescription drugs. DEA
immediately began developing this process after President Obama signed
the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010 on October 12. Until that
process is complete, however, DEA will continue to hold Take Back Days
every six months.
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