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    After collecting more than 1,000 tons of expired, unwanted prescription medications at previous events over the past three years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold a sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country on Saturday, April 27th.

    The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

    Who: DEA, local law enforcement and community partners, and the American people

    What: Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

    Where: Collection sites across the country. Visit dea.gov and click on the “Got Drugs?” icon for a site near you

    When: Saturday, April 27th. Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

    Why: To prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Local law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities partnered with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds—almost 1,018 tons—of expired prescription drugs since September 2010. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to surveys of users.

    April 25th 2013,
    Email alert from DEA, anyone needing more information can go to the DEA website.

Comments

  1. jakemoe
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    My response to that would be not to participate in any way to anything the DEA is promoting. The DEA can kiss my ass!
  2. source
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    But it's okay for your son, daughter, even mum, dad or dog for that matter to pick up your excess prescription drugs and kill themselves?
  3. jakemoe
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    If I had drugs that could pose a danger to my family I would store them in a secure space. I guess my point is that the DEA is an entity that has been consistantly adept at preventing good people from getting the relief they deserve and participating in any of their promotional activities goes against my most basic of instincts. In other words, they are my enemy.
  4. Cid Lysergic
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    When a drug expires, what happens to it on the chemical level? Would it be something like, for example, Iron oxidizing to form rust over time? Ie a drug oxidizing into another drug? I see no need for a drug takeback program. If one wishes to dispose of an unwanted/needed prescription, taking it to a local pharmacy or grinding it up & mixing it with used coffee grinds would do the trick right?
  5. source
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    Every little helps I guess, and you're right jakemoe, if you keep medications (surplus or not) securely locked away then the problem doesn't arise anyway.
    My sister went through drug induced psychosis and is now a diagnosed schizophrenic, when I went to her flat after she attempted suicide I cleared up all her surplus meds and there was nearly a whole binbag full of them. I took them to the local pharmacy to hand them in, they looked at me a little odd - but understood when I told them how I came to have all the pills and kindly disposed of them for me.
    So yeah, pharmacies are okay with you dropping surplus into their premises, no matter how much you have.
  6. MikePatton
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    Participating in anything the DEA invests in, or assisting them in anyway goes against every fiber of morality I have. As far as I'm concerned, this organization destroys the lives of millions around the globe, and has committed so many brutal crimes to humanity.

    They operate under the politically correct cover of the WAR on drugs, so I won't go too far to consider them war criminals. Oh, and, I don't trust the no questions asked policy. If you go over there with a pound of Oxycodon, there are going to be questions asked and hands cuffed, or maybe they'll just add you to a database and wait a few years before fucking you to not arouse suspicion.
  7. Baba Blacksheep
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    The DEA is a multi-national organisation with a despicable record in destablising poorer countries and enforcing American led UN drug law in countries with fragile economies and weak legal frameworks.
    Their covert activities are very questionable legally and ethically as with their blind determination to grow and grow despite the public opinion that these UN policies are unworkable, out of date and need to change.
    They are part of global governance.
    It would be wise to rebuke any of these schemes and dispose of any unused medication via pharmacies that have the facilities to dispose of such medicine because all they will do is count the pills and say "Hey look what we've taken off the street so lets have a pat on the back Matt."
  8. MikePatton
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    Excuse my ignorance please, but why can't you just dump pills in the garbage...? I honestly don't get this.
  9. source
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    You know, I never looked at these 'Take Back' days like that, but I can now understand why some people would turn round and say the DEA can 'kiss my ass'.
    I suppose there are two sides, peoples lives are saved and the DEA shows how well they did in collecting all the surplus meds.

    Because this is not a safe way to dispose of any medications. Anyone can find your pills in the garbage (incl kids) and also any animals on the rubbish tip could if you want to go that far I guess.
  10. reef88
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    I always dispose of drugs by throwing them in the toilet. Is that a bad idea?
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  12. jakemoe
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013


    From what I've heard it's the hormonal type drugs in our sewer systems that affect the sea life, but there may be more. I think to be green and safe you're supposed to mix your crushed drugs with cat litter, dirt, or other garbage and just toss it like you would normally. If you have a septic system you can just flush it.
  13. Cid Lysergic
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    Any drug that is water soluble becomes absorbed by the water. This can lead to environmental problems, animals drinking it, or even problems at the water treatment plant. From an environmentally friendly viewpoint, you shouldn't do that. However, the toilet is commonly used when you need to ditch that stuff fast (as in being arrested or being just plain paranoid).
  14. reef88
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    I always thought the water treatment plant would "clean up" the drug contaminated water. If it takes care of shit and piss, why can't it take care of drugs and other substances? People sometimes even flush life-threatening and poisonous substances.
  15. Willyzh
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    They get in like that.
  16. MikePatton
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    That sounds pretty far fetched, I was talking about the monster garbage bins outside, what kid is going to swim in 400 litres of garbage for the off chance of finding pills in there...? That doesn't make any sense. The environmental explanation is a lot more logical.
  17. Old_Kitty
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    Well, if it weren't for the DEA take back, I'd still be "saving" those 84 Vicoprofens I still had when I decided to give them up... remembering I still had them... tempted to take one in a weak moment. Now they're gone... Along with an entire lunch sack full of other leftover prescriptions I've not known what to do with.

    They didn't even look at me or open the bag, just took it through the open car window as I drove through on set it on the table with the pile of unopened bags. And they tell you to remove all identifying labels.
  18. source
    Re: DEA ADVISORY: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 2013

    That's really good that the 'Take Back' days have helped you, handing in excess pills to take away that temptation to pop a couple when not feeling that great. There are loads of good reasons for these days to continue, that's for sure.
    Thanks for posting information about dropping off the pills - wouldn't have crossed my mind for it to be a 'drive-thru' drop off! But it's good to know that they ask no questions and also advise people to remove all identifiable labels; most would do this anyway but the reminder is helpful.

    Pharmacies will also take surplus pills, but you have the added pressure with pharmacies to explain why you have the surplus in the first place, so many people would feel more comfortable going to the 'Take Back' days instead.
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