DENVER (CBS4)- The Drug Enforcement Administration is getting ready for its third nationwide prescription take-back day on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The one-day event will help anyone get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. They’ll be able to drop off expired, unused and unwanted pills at sites across the country free of charge, no questions asked.
The event is designed to prevent drug abuse and theft.
Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, creating a public health crisis.
The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. today is at an alarmingly high level—two-and-a-half times more people currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined, according to the recently released 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
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The same study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
“We all have another unique opportunity to contribute to the fight against prescription drug abuse by participating in the third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.
“Americans overwhelmingly responded to the first two national Take-Back Day events, and we hope the October 29th event is no different. With everyone’s support, we can reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, while increasing the awareness of this important public health issue.”
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Find a drop off location near you at deadiversion.usdoj.gov