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DEA: 450 tons of leftover drugs collected at National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

May 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
DEA: 450 tons of leftover drugs collected at National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Residents of the U.S. turned in over 450 tons of excess prescription meds at the 13th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA reported.

The U.S. DEA, along with thousands of partner agencies, including local law enforcement, hosted the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29th, which offered the chance to get rid of unneeded or outdated medications safely. The DEA indicated that prescriptions were accepted at approximately 5,500 sites across the nation, according to the American Pharmacists Association.

Although the collections weren’t limited to narcotics, DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam of the New Orleans Division revealed that they were a big part of the plan.

“In the midst of the worst-ever opioid epidemic, where we’re losing over 90 people a day, it’s critical that we all get unused drugs out of homes and dispose of them at these events,” Azzam said in a DEA press release. “Residents in this four-state region took an important step in reducing the risk of drug diversion and abuse by turning in over 21 tons of medications. DEA thanks the public for their support to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands.”

Information presented by the New Orleans Field Division, it obtained 21 tons of medication across four states, with 7,407 pounds in Louisiana, 4,145 pounds in Mississippi, 6,287 pounds in Alabama, and 24,483 pounds in Arkansas.

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