DEA Announces 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

DEA Announces 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

The Drug Enforcement Administration continues to put its emphasis on prescription drug abuse.

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm local time. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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 at alarming rates, 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 medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

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

According to  the most the classes of prescription drugs most commonly abused are: opioid pain relievers, such as Vicodin or Oxycontin; stimulants for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall, Concerta, or Ritalin; and central nervous system (CNS) depressants for relieving anxiety, such as Valium or Xanax.1 The most commonly abused OTC drugs are cough and cold remedies containing dextromethorphan.

People often think that prescription and OTC drugs are safer than illicit drugs, but that’s only true when they are taken exactly as prescribed and for the purpose intended. When abused, prescription and OTC drugs can be addictive and put abusers at risk for other adverse health effects, including overdose—especially when taken along with other drugs or alcohol.

1In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of unwanted medication were collected. 

Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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It’s good to see the DEA doing something helpful for us legal, under a doctor’s care, follow the rules patients who take our prescription drugs as directed, although, for the billions we pay the DEA, couldn’t we have our local pharmacies do this?

Now that we know their is no Overdose Epidemic and the Drug War is lost, I’m not sure why there is a DEA. The FDA handles drugs coming on the market. Local, state and federal cops handle the illegal stuff, what does the DEA do again, besides make our life more impossible? We also know that there’s approximately a million people abusing drugs a year in the US and we know this includes the street addicts and ALCOHOLICS! Yes. Alcoholics!
How about switching the DEA over to the PPPA, the People in Pain Protection Association? There are 100 times the amount of victims and there is tons of work to be done.

Of course this would require the DEA stop seeing us as the enemy, as the drug abusers, as the overdose epidemic. They would actually have to come up with a fair system for legitimate patients to get prescription drugs. They would also have to tackle the UNDERtreatment of pain. Haha! I’m pretty sure this would be their worst nightmare. Too bad, we could use the help!
Too Radical? Too negative? Too sarcastic? Sorry, I just went without meds for 6 days due to bureaucratic BS, and I’m still a little …radical, negative and sarcastic. Too bad, it’s still a good idea.