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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back event takes in 50% more than the previous collection

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that they collected 371 tons (742,497 pounds) of unwanted medications at the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on April 27. More than 5,829 locations around the country participated in the event. So far the DEA has collected 1,409 tons (2.8 million pounds) of medication. For past events, the DEA has reported:

  • September 2010: 121 tons
  • April 2011: 188 tons
  • October 2011: 188.5 tons
  • April 2012: 276 tons
  • October 2012: 244 tons

As people become more aware of the issues surrounding improper storage and disposal of medication, the need for medicine collection programs will grow. While the DEA take-back events have been successful, they are not intended to serve as a long-term national solution to the unwanted medicine disposal problem. Once the DEA releases the new regulations on disposal of controlled substances, communities will once again be on their own to fund single-day take-back events or permanent medicine collection programs. Police departments or other organizations looking to start a permanent medicine collection program can contact IISG for assistance.


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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:19AM on 5/8/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events