Monday, May 7, 2012

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On April 28, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the fourth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. With more than 5,600 collection sites set up across the United States, the event was a great success.

97 collection sites were operating in Washington and, as a result, approximately 13,426 pounds of prescription medications were collected. A whopping 822 pounds of medications were collected at the five locations hosted by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

In a nationwide effort to combat prescription drug abuse, this event was originally started in 2010 by the DEA. As a result, citizens are provided with an annual opportunity to get their old prescription drugs out of their medicine cabinets and dispose of them safely, anonymously and for free.

For more information, check out this article in The News Tribune.