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Be Safe with Prescription Drugs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Days

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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration”s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.# Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In an effort to address this problem, DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. The purpose of the National Take Back Days was to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation”s medicine cabinets. Nearly, 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.

Due to the overwhelming success, DEA has scheduled the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.# This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.

Collection Sites in Gwinnett County

City of Suwanee Police Department
373 Buford Highway, Suwanee

Lawrenceville Police Department
300 Jackson Street, Lawrenceville

Gwinnett Co. Sheriff”s Department
2900 University Parkway, Lawrenceville

To find other collection sites, check out the following link: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html