Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

DEA to Hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative

DEA to Hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative

Google Maps and the DEA are rolling out a new feature in advance of the "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" on April 28 to drive people to take leftover medication to disposal sites.

The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs acquire them unnoticed from their family or friends homes as reported by the United States Department of Justice. Google points to DEA research that Americans can help prevent drug abuse and addiction by properly disposing of unneeded or expired prescription drugs.

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

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Anyone can bring potentially risky, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal to MPS at 222 E. Third St., according to a Wednesday afternoon press release.

Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 16 locations throughout the state (see attached list). "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. It has also been found that patients who are prescribed opioids are not the ones who misuse them. "By removing unused drugs from our medicine cabinets we are keeping harmful drugs out of the hands of our loved ones". Overall, in its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds (more than 4,500 tons) of pills. "Yet many people aren't aware of, or can't easily find, prescription drug disposal programs in their communities", Google says. Dropping off medication is anonymous and safe.

Disposing of controlled substances at collection sites not only prevents them from contributing to substance abuse, but also prevents the chemical compounds they contain from contaminating Wisconsin water supplies. You can remove personal information if you want to, but doing so is unnecessary.

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