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Record Numbers for DEA'S National Drug Take-Back Day - 05/09/17

Residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska turned in 35,137 pounds (17.6) tons of prescription medications on April 29, 2017. This is the highest collection to date for the Pacific Northwest. The following are the results broken down by state:

Washington - 65 collection sites which resulted in 15,148 pounds (7.6 tons) removed from
circulation.

Idaho - 36 collection sites which resulted in 3,746 pounds (1.9 tons) removed from
circulation.

Oregon - 61 collection sites which resulted in 12,120 pounds (6.1 tons) removed from
circulation. This is a record number for Oregon.

Alaska - 18 collection sites which resulted in 4,123 pounds (2.1 tons) removed from
circulation.

Nationally, DEA and more than 4,200 of its law enforcement and community partners collected more unused prescription drugs than any of the 12 previous National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events. On Saturday, April 29, the event brought in 900,386 (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. Marking the 13th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

"Too often, unused prescription drugs find their ways into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic," said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs."

DEA's next National Prescription Take Back Day is Saturday, October 28, 2017.

In the more two years since new regulations made the disposal of controlled prescription drugs easier for patients and their caregivers, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and clinics have begun continuous collection of these medications.

Turn in Your Unused & Unwanted Prescription Drugs Tomorrow - DEA Take Back Event - 04/28/17

Tomorrow, April 29th, 2017, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the public can dispose of unwanted and unused prescription medications. There are 180 collection sites in the Pacific Northwest, operated by 153 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they can enter their zip code. Or they can call 1-800-882-9539. This is an updated phone number provided by DEA-Headquarters.

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to a collection site - liquids, needles or other sharps will not be accepted. Unwanted medicine emptied at a collection site does not need to be in the original bottle. Medicines emptied are not sifted through and the boxes are sealed and then burned at an EPA-approved incinerator.

DEA Continues Drug Abuse Prevention Efforts with Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday - 180 Sites Throughout the Pacific Northwest - 04/26/17

This weekend DEA and its partners will host one of the most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday April 29, 2017, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the public can dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription medications at one of the 180 collection sites in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), operated by 153 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths due to the abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.4 million Americans age 12 and over - 2.4 percent of the population - abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last fall, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including the home medicine cabinet.

When the results of the 12 DEA Take Back Days for the PNW are combined, DEA and its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners removed over 332,704 (166.4 tons) of medication from circulation. Since the program began seven years ago, 7.1 million pounds - more than 3,500 tons of drugs have been collected nationwide.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they can enter their zip code. Or they can call 1-800-882-9529. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites - liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. This event will go on even if the Federal Government shuts down this weekend.