The Drug Enforcement Administration announced today it will hold a second nationwide prescription drug take-back day in April.
DEA and its local partners will accept expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
People can turn in the drugs anonymously, and no questions will be asked.
In September, Americans turned in more than 242,000 pounds — or 121 tons — of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites during the initial take-back event.
DEA said it hopes to collect even more drugs at the April take-back day.
The initiative is geared to help curb the nation's prescription drug abuse problems. Medicines in the home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
DEA said studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
"The overwhelming public response to DEA's first nationwide Take-Back event last fall not only rid homes of potentially harmful prescription drugs, but was an unprecedented opportunity to educate everyone about the growing prescription drug abuse problem," said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. "Studies have shown that, for many, prescription drugs are the very first drugs they abuse—and all too often they aren't the last. That is why we are committed to helping Americans keep their homes safe by ridding their medicine cabinets of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs."
People can find collection site information at dea.gov, by clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and then following the links to a database, where they enter their zip code.
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