DEA's Drug Take Back Day nets almost 1M pounds

Nevada collected more than 8,000 pounds of prescription drugs during the latest "Take Back Day". That marked the largest single collection in the program's nine-year history.

In a continued effort to keep unused and expired medication out of our water systems, landfills and out of the hands of children, the Globe and Miami Police departments offer secure drug drop boxes available to the public 24 hours a day. "This event - our 15th - brings us together with local, state and federal partners to fight the abuse of prescription drugs that is fueling the nation's opioid epidemic". In Ohio, 40,509 pounds were taken at 288 sites, with 212 law enforcement agencies participating.

Across the country, the DEA collected and destroyed almost 1 million pounds of prescription drugs which brought the total amount of prescription drugs collected nationwide by the DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,964,714 pounds.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The totals are in, and a total of 1,160 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs were turned in at sites in 11 northern Oklahoma counties during a take-back event last month.

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