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DEA to accept more donations of unwanted prescription drugs here, around the country

The Drug Enforcement Administration office in Dallas will be participating in a national prescription drug “take back” campaign this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, the DEA along with other law enforcement will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs at 47 sites throughout North Texas. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, authorities said.

To find a site near you, look here.

Last September, a similar program resulted in people turning in 121 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites around the U.S., DEA officials said. The agency hopes to collect even more this weekend by opening the event to long term care facilities, authorities said.

According to the DEA:

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high–more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

–Jason Trahan/Reporter

Source: Crime Blog

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