DEA hosts prescription drug take-back event

DEA hosts prescription drug take-back event

(WVUE) - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues its effort to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications this weekend, no questions asked.

The DEA plans another event on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Click here to find a participating location near you.

Over the past six years, the DEA says it has collected and destroyed about 6.4 million pounds of unused prescription drugs.

"Prescription drug abuse has become the nation's fastest growing drug problem, destroying countless lives.  The pill epidemic has directly contributed to the rise in heroin abusers, overdoses and death," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam.  "DEA's Take-Back initiative provides another way to address this epidemic and a safe way for our citizens to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs and reduce the threat they pose to public health and safety."

The DEA says the country is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 6.4 million Americans abuse prescription drugs.

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