In previous posts, we shared programs against prescription drug abuse that are being implemented in Suffolk County, New York (Operation Medicine Cabinet), the state of Montana, and in San Diego, California.
On September 25, 2010, this type of effort will be done on a national scale, as shared in a press release from the Department of Justice, given last August 19. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining forces with government, public health and law enforcement partners in the fight against prescription drug abuse through the prescription drug take-back initiative.
The other participants in this initiative are: the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association.
From 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM local time on September 25, the DEA will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. There will be sites set-up nationwide that will offer the service for free, and the drugs that will be collected through the initiative will be properly destroyed.
Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler said: “With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse. The Department of Justice is committed to doing everything we can to make our communities safer, and this initiative represents a new front in our efforts.”
Those who are interested in taking advantage of this initiative can go to the DEA website to check out collection sites that have been set up in local communities.