DEA Announces Drug Collection

DEA Announces Drug Collection

If you live in the United States (except for Pennsylvania and Delaware) you might run into the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or some of its friends on Saturday, September 26.The DEA is sponsoring its 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Collection sites in every local community will be manned by DEA, local law enforcement or other community partners from 10 am to 2 pm local time. Officials in Pennsylvania and Delaware conducted their “take back days” earlier in September.

The DEA started this event five years ago. According to the DEA, its previous nine nationwide Take-Back events collected 4,823,251 pounds—more than 2,411 tons—of drugs.

The acting administrator of DEA is Chuck Rosenberg.

“Our goal is to reduce the risk of addiction and the 46,000 overdose deaths a year that come with prescription drug abuse.  Take Back Day is a great opportunity for folks to help reduce the threat,” Rosenberg said.  “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”

The DEA stated the following in a press release:

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses vital public safety and health issues. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – posing safety and environmental hazards.

Collection sites in every local community, manned by DEA and its local law enforcement and community partners, can be found by going to www.dea.gov or calling 800-882-9539. All states and some territories will be participating Saturday (with the exception of Pennsylvania and Delaware, which held their events earlier in the month).

 

 

 

 

Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Steve M at 1:35 pm

    If you have any opioid in your system when you die, you’re likely an opioid RELATED death, even though you’re not an overdose.

    My mother in law die of cardiac complications due to a generic illness. The coroner missed it and put her death down as an oxycodone overdose because there was ONE Percocet in her system (it was less than half dissolved). She usually took two [which didn’t control her pain], but my daughter was in the room with her, so she only took one.

    Personally, I believe her poorly controlled pain contributed to her death.

    My point was that these statistics are wrong and can be easily manipulated.

    Also, Statistics 101, day 1 we learned that correlation is not causation. A correlation between opioids prescribed for chronic pain and overdoses doesn’t prove causation.

  2. Cathy at 3:17 pm

    I wonder what will happen if a DEA officer needs a narcotic? Will they understand or will they be given special treatment. I wonder why there is nothing written about those who must have this medicine (not drugs!) to live a life that is 1/2 way normal life?. Isn’t it fair to understand BOTH sides of the story? Isn’t that true Justice? I get enough information and enough oversight from my doctors, so if I did overdose, who’s fault is it? I’m a grown lady and I can OD on food, Tylenol, beer and wine. I’m also a grown lady and can decide how I want to use my medications. I use them exactly how I’m supposed to, and if someone wants to do otherwise, what does that have to do with me? Somehow, the lines are getting way too blurred. It’s scary.

  3. Mark Ibsen at 5:18 pm

    CDC uses the number that’s already inflated: 16,000 prescription drug overdose deaths per year.
    He’s off by a factor of three.
    But they don’t care about being accurate: the 16,000 number is inaccurate. The claim that there is a so-called epidemic is inaccurate.
    Prescription opiate overdose death plot on a graph with the same percentages and always has.
    The numbers have gone up because prescriptions have gone up. It’s like complaining that car crashes have increased since 1905. Of course they have.
    The actual epidemic is in pain: 100 million people in the US, with a $635 billion impact on the economy

  4. Doc Anonymous at 3:22 pm

    It should not take a special day to enable people to safely dispose of unused opioids, but a special day is better than none.

    I am disturbed by one statement in this post and I hope it is a misprint. Mr. Rosenburg is quoted as saying there are 46,000 drug overdose deaths a year! That is either a misquote, a misstatement, hyperbole, or an outright lie. According to the NIH there were about 23000 deaths from ALL prescription drugs, and 16,000 of those were due to opioid pain relievers. That is a far cry from 46,000.

    Could someone please clarify what is going on. People who suffer pain and the doctors who treat them are subjected to harsh sanctions in large part because of this kind of inflated numbers.

  5. LouisVA at 12:01 pm

    “Our goal is to reduce the risk of addiction and the 46,000 overdose deaths a year that come with prescription drug abuse” said Chuck Rosenberg of the DEA.

    I see many stats like this almost on a daily basis and have to wonder where they came from? With the current atmosphere of bias against opioids, I would not be surprised that suicides from lack of pain relief are counted as overdoses. If the CDC gets its way, the stats for ‘so-called ODs’ will escalate even faster. When will policies about opioids be made for people who need these meds to have a quality of life instead of the out of control people that abuse these lifesaving medications? No one speaks of capping doses for heart meds or for insulin. I get more frightened every day about access to the medications that saved my life.