SOURCE: National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation

April 23, 2012 09:00 ET

DEA Take-Back Collection Site Locator Now Available

Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths at Epidemic Levels; Protect Your Loved Ones by Participating in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - It's a fact that prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs among 12-13 year olds. Many of these pills can be found in your medicine cabinet and around your house. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation (NABP) wants everyone to know that 50% of prescription drug abusers got them from family and friends. Proper disposal of unneeded drugs protects your loved ones from misuse. NABP and their AWARxE Consumer Protection Program are taking a stand against prescription drug abuse by spreading awareness of this issue and sharing information on proper prescription drug disposal.

Prescription drug overdose deaths due to misuse have reached epidemic levels in the US, warned Dr Ileana Arias, principle deputy director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) speaking at the recent National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. "CDC doesn't take the word epidemic lightly," added Dr Arias. Dr Arias stressed that a "concerted public health and public safety approach" is needed to curtail the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

In an effort to help stop this growing problem, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting a Take-Back Day on April 28, 2012. On this day, from 10 AM to 2 PM, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be available across the country, and AWARxE encourages consumers to use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including controlled substance medications, as these pills can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present. The DEA take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events.

Now available online, the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator allows consumers to search for a convenient location to dispose of unneeded medications, including prescription pain pills and other controlled substance medications, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Consumers disposed of 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of unwanted medication during the first three DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. The most recent take-back day saw participation from 5,327 partners that provided take-back sites across all 50 states and the US territories. To find the most convenient location on April 28, 2012, check the DEA collection site locator often, as new locations will be added up until the take-back day.

To help fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic, you can join AWARxE efforts by spreading awareness about prescription drug abuse dangers, proper disposal of unneeded drugs, and secure storage of medications in the home. Together, we can stop the misuse of prescription drugs. More information and a link to the DEA Take-Back Day collection site locator is available on www.AWARErx.org.

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