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  1. YIPMAN
    WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Administration says people turned in more than 188.5 tons of unwanted or expired prescription medications in the agency's third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29.

    The DEA initiative that began 13 months ago has resulted in almost 500 tons of medications being taken out of circulation, with assistance from state, local and tribal law enforcement partners as well as community groups.

    For the most recent collection day, 5,327 sites were set up around the country.

    DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart says the amount of drugs collected during the three Take-Back Days held so far speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs, which could fall into the hands of abusers or pollute the environment.


    The Associated Press
    Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.



    Source: International Herald Tribune

Comments

  1. Dinneen
    Bastards...they could have sent them all to me!
  2. The Cats Dream
    Back in the day, they used to send these expired drugs to third world countries where people couldn't get any care, much less standard medical care. Glad to know I wasn't the only one seeing this "take-back" as somewhat of a waste. Here's a link to the full press release: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr110311.html I didn't see any mention of reusing the drugs.
  3. Dinneen
    It would be a far, far better idea to donate them instead of wasting them but isn't the main issue with sending drugs to devolping countries the risk of them ending up on the black market? I'm not just referring to painkillers/opiates here - even AIDS drugs and basic stuff like antacids tend to be very difficult to donate bc they're so hard to get there that many ppl will pay a bomb for them, so corrupt officials or gangs soon get hold of them so that they can make a killing. It's the same issue with charity work, only to a lesser extent - a lot of donated money soon finds its way into the hands of some corrupt individual.
  4. el k
    the Big problem is it s gonna be far much cheaper to destroy all in USA...than to pay for sending all in third world....always a bucks question.........
  5. Dinneen
    Anyone fancy finding out what those takeback drop-boxes look like and setting up a fake one outside their house? :p
  6. YIPMAN
  7. baba_yaga
    If only they had take back day in the uk :-
  8. FearlessLink
    Take-back .... my my my.... What a sad day that has befallen us all. Those people could have reached out to their local drug users, making them very happy people.

    Isn't that what we should be doing... ? Spreading happiness.
  9. YIPMAN
    May be of interest for people living in Arkansas:

    Nearly 12-Thousand Pounds Gathered at Drug Take Back Event in Arkansas

    On October 29th, departments and agencies across the state held the third Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Take Back Initiative.

    Arkansans dropped off nearly 12-thousand pounds of unwanted and expired medication that day. Officials say proper disposal of prescription meds is important, so that they don't harm someone else.

    The DEA plans to hold drug take back events every six months.



    Source: Nwahomepage
    Reported by: Nina Criscuolo
    Tuesday, November 08 2011
  10. godlike1213
    Like people said above, it's pretty messed up that they aren't sending these medications to third world countries where they could be put to good use. They should've just let me hold on the opiates and narcotics for them, would've been put to good use:p
  11. YIPMAN
    Kansans turn in nearly 2 tons of prescription drugs

    Kansans turned in 3,809 pounds of unused prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday. This was the highest total amount of medications collected in Kansas since the program began last year.
    ...
    Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information.

    November 15, 2011 - 10:26 PM

    http://www.ksnt.com/news/state/stor...s-of-prescription/RCksbJHEIEGFQL4X2HVl2Q.cspx
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