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DEA collects record number of unused drugs as part of its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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DEA reported Tuesday that its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites nationwide. "More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance.

DEA reported Tuesday that its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites nationwide. "More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance. The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen," said Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. "This is a crisis that must be addressed from multiple angles. Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts." The latest take back event, held on October 28, involved more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners. The next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for April 28, 2018.

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