24-Apr-13 10:00 AM  CST

Sixth National DEA Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced and scheduled the Sixth National Drug Take-Back Initiative on April 27th, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The National Drug Take Back days are a way for individuals to safely and responsibly dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription drugs and also learn about potential drug abuse to medications. 

           

The collaboration of the DEA, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers collected 2 million pounds of drugs from those wishing to get rid of their unneeded medications at previous take-back days.  Just a few of the types of drugs that were disposed of were controlled substances, ADHD medication, and cough syrups.  Many other types of medications can be disposed of at these days as well. 

           

Pharmacy technicians can promote and inform patients and customers of the upcoming drug take-back day and remind the public about safe disposal of their expired and unwanted drugs.  To find the nearest drug collection site, individuals may go to the Office of Diversion Control web site at:  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html


Sources: 

1.  Aware Consumer Protection Program/NABP Newsletter.  “Reminder:  Next DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27th.”  NABP.org.  Web.  18 Apr 2013. 

 

2.  DEA Office of Diversion Control Web Site.  http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/


For additional information on this article, please contact:
 
Jennifer S. O'Reilly
 
Source: NPTAnews  
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