As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative (NTBI), people will be able to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at numerous collection sites around the U.S.
“The DEA’s program is designed to focus national attention on the proper disposal of prescription drugs and controlled substances,” said Ms. Jennifer Marcum, Sentry BioPharma Services’ chief executive officer. Marcum continued, “During the event, people can bring their unwanted prescription pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to a participating drop-off site for proper drug disposal by law enforcement authorities with no questions asked. The service is not only free and anonymous, but also an ideal way to preserve the environment from unwanted pharmaceutical contamination. This is a terrific opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.”
Americans that participated in the DEA’s tenth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 26, 2015, turned in more than 350 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper drug disposal at more than 5,000 take-back collections sites available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the ten prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 5,525,021 pounds of drugs from circulation.
“The numbers are shocking—approximately 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths. More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “With four out of five new heroin users starting with prescription medications, I know our take-back program makes a real difference.” The NTBI addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That same study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s NTBI events are also a significant piece of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy.
Sentry BioPharma Services will also continue its support of the DEA’s efforts by helping to raise public awareness of this important initiative. For more information about the drug disposal program, general public inquiries can be made by calling the DEA toll free at: 1-800-882-9539.