Tons of potentially dangerous pills were taken out of Texas medicine cabinets on Saturday, Oct. 2, thanks to citizen participation in the first ever "Take-Back" campaign by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Across the nation, more 121 tons of obsolete prescription drugs, laying around in homes, were properly disposed.
The DEA says the results of this first ever campaign were "successful" and "overwhelmingly."
Overall, over 242,000 lbs of drugs were turned in for safe and proper disposal. More than 4,000 take back sites were available in all 50 states.
“The Take-Back Campaign was a stunning nationwide success that cleaned out more than 121 tons of pills from America’s medicine cabinets, a crucial step toward reducing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is plaguing this nation,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Thanks to our state and local law enforcement and community partners—and the public—we not only removed these dangerous drugs from our homes, but also educated countless thousands of concerned citizens about the dangers of drug abuse.”
More than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use them to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
Studies show that over 70% of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
October 06, 2010
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