Thursday, October 24, 2013

National Take Back Initiative: Get rid of prescription medications

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On Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10am-2pm, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate its 7th collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies, focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. A national take-back day provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one-day effort will once again bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside. All sites are hosted and manned by local law enforcement. Go to to enter your zip-code and find a drop-off location near you.

During the April 2013 take-back event, we had 106 Colorado law enforcement agencies hosting 140 sites!!! Colorado collected more than 21,000 pounds of drugs in April and 86,128 pounds of drugs all together in the past 6 events! All drugs received during the NTBI events are gathered from local law enforcement by DEA and disposed of by incineration.

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