DEA coordinates with local and regional law enforcement agencies across the country to set up disposal sites during each Take-Back Day. During the sixth, and latest, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, 2013, disposal sites collected twice the amount of unneeded and expired medications than the previous DEA Take-Back event in September 2012. More than 5,829 locations participated in the sixth Take-Back Day, and 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of unneeded medications were collected, indicates DEA.

The level of consumer participation in the event shows the continued need for a means of safe, legal disposal of unused medications. Since 2010, Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative has collected a total of 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of unneeded medications, helping to prevent diversion, misuse, and abuse of the drugs. Held twice each year, once in spring and once in fall, the days offer safe and legal disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including prescription controlled substances.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

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