DEA sponsored prescription drug 'take back' event | Events
The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting a ‘prescription drug take back’ event this weekend.
There are several locations across Southern Arizona that will be set up as drop off sites.
All unused and expired prescription drugs, with the exception of injectables and needles, are allowed for drop off. The collection sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked.
“Arizonans responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s six previous Take-Back Day events, disposing of over 48,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs in the past three years, “said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman, in a recent news release on the event. “We know that young people consider controlled- substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn’t be more wrong. By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death.”
According to the DEA news release the rate of prescription drug abuse is alarmingly high, with nearly double the total of Americans (6.8 million) abusing prescribed drugs as opposed to illegal narcotics such as cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined. The DEA reports a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from friends and families medicine cabinets.
To find the drop off site closest to you go online to www.dea.gov and click on the ‘Got Drugs?’ icon and follow the links; or call 1-800-882-9539