DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days Meet a Growing Need for Americans
Americans nationwide showed their support for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s
(DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day program by dropping off more prescription pills
than ever. After seven previous Take Back Days spread over almost four years, 780,158 pounds (390
tons) of pills were brought to the 6,072 collection sites that DEA and its 4,423 state, local, and
tribal law enforcement partners set up on April 26 so the public could discard unwanted, unused and
expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers. When added
to that collected at previous DEA-coordinated Take-Back events, 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of
prescription medications have been removed from circulation.
DEA launched its first Take-Back event in September 2010, after which the President signed the
Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the CSA to allow people, including
residents of long term care facilities, to regularly, conveniently, and safely dispose of their CS
medications by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. DEA
is in the process of finalizing regulations to implement the Act, publishing on December 21, 2012,
a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Disposal of Controlled Substances that presented possible
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