SAMHSA announced that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), government, community, public health, and law enforcement partners are holding a nationwide prescription drug “take-back” day. Scheduled for September 25, 2010, there will be collection sites around the country for any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pharmaceuticals to ensure a safe, legal, and environmentally friendly disposal.
This initiative is a step towards addressing vital public safety and public health issue. Many adolescents have begun to utilize these drugs by stealing them from their parents, neighbors or other unsuspecting relatives medicine cabinets. The abuse of prescription drugs has been increasing at an alarming rate. One of the best methods to help reduce this phenomenon is by individuals properly disposing of unused or expired medications.
The take-back day initiative gives all Americans an easy way to dispose of their prescription drugs and help reduce the rate of prescription drug abuse across the country. To find out more about this initiative you can visit SAMHSA or the DEA websites.
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