DEA launches massive Take-Back program to prevent opioid abuse

Posted April 27, 2018

Last fall, Americans turned in more than 456 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. The event is conducted every six months. When drugs are combined with warm water inside the bags, the drugs are deactivated and dissolved, so they can't be misused and are safe to throw out.

In recent years, opioid deaths have escalated across the nation, with the most recent federal data demonstrating that 63,632 individuals passed away in 2016 owing to drug overdoses, with 42,249 of them entailing at least one opioid. "We're participating in Take Back Day in heart and spirit, but we're encouraging folks to head to Easton if they'd like to participate". More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids.

Aside from saving the environment, law enforcement officials hope their Take Back Day will save more lives.

Surveys show that a majority of teens who have taken a prescription medication for a non-medical reason said they did so because it was easy to get from their parents' medicine cabinets.

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"We are experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic". Google is an undisputed leader in the search arena, and therefore, it has the tools that are needed to deliver the right information. "Youth may sneak pills and use them out of curiosity, but there is a real danger that this could lead to more severe drug abuse", DiVincenzo said.

"Participating in DEA's annual event helps families properly dispose of unused or expired medicines and prevent addiction where it most often starts - at home".

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