The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, as the event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
This will be the seventh national take-back day, and will be held at thousands of sites all over the country. Search here by zip code for a collection site near you. Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539.In the previous six take-back events, law enforcement agencies across the country have removed more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications from circulation.
Prescription drug abuse is among the fastest-growing drug problems in the country, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, twice
as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number
of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and