Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Drug-Take Back brought in 276 tons of unwanted and expired meds

Americans turned in 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications during the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced. Drugs were collected at 5,659 sites around the country on April 28.

The DEA has been sponsoring Prescription Drug Take-Back days since September 2010, and has removed over 1.5 million pounds or 774 tons of medication from circulation. Last week's event collected a record-breaking amount of medication, the DEA announced in a news release.

The agency is preparing the final rules and procedures for the rollout of the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act. This will allow people to dispose of their drugs in a safe manner every day, not only during Take-Back events. The DEA hopes to have these regulations in place by the end of the year.

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