[Pharmwaste] DEA collection results reported

DeBiasi, Deborah (DEQ) Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Tue May 10 11:16:23 EDT 2016


http://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq050616.shtml
May 06, 2016
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
(202) 307-7977

DEA Collects Record-Setting Amount of Meds at Latest National Rx Take-Back Day
MAY 06 (WASHINGTON) - Americans turned in more unused prescription drugs at the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day than on any of the previous 10 events since it began in 2010, demonstrating their understanding of the value of this service.
Last weekend the DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines-about 447 tons-at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds.  The top five states with the largest collections, in order, were Texas (almost 40 tons); California (32 tons); Wisconsin (31 tons); Illinois (24 tons); and Massachusetts (24 tons).  See all the state totals<http://www.dea.gov/take-back/docs/NTBI%20XI%20FINAL%20Totals%20April%202016.pptx> here.
The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family.  Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses-78 a day-in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.
"These results show that more Americans than ever are taking the important step of cleaning out their medicine cabinets and making homes safe from potential prescription drug abuse or theft," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.  "Unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications are often an unintended catalyst for addiction.  Take-Back events like these raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help prevent substance abuse."

There is a hyperlink in the article above that shows the number of sites, pounds collected, and law enforcement that participated nationally.
http://www.dea.gov/take-back/docs/NTBI%20XI%20FINAL%20Totals%20April%202016.pptx




Deborah DeBiasi
804-698-4028
Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov

From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:51 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] DEA collection results reported

Drugstorenews responded:

I did get the information from a DEA press release. You were right that
there was no mention of attendees and I've clarified the language in the
story.

here's the link to the press release.
http://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq050616.shtml
So far they seem to be the only on-line news source that has covered the press release.
Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
________________________________
From: Pharmwaste [pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] on behalf of Ed Gottlieb [EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org]
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 1:14 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] DEA collection results reported
I can't confirm the information in the following story, which reports record results for the last DEA take back event:
893,498 pounds of medications from nearly 5,400 collection sites.
"The 447 tons collected tops the 390 tons seen in spring 2014."

The story also says, "A record number of Americans showed up".  Since the DEA does not track attendance information, I wonder how they could know this.

The DEA website does not have a press release posted, though they may have sent one to media.
I'll let you know if the drugstorenews responds to my request for their sources for this story.

http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/dea-collects-record-amount-meds-national-rx-take-back-day

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
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