As part of nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back,” the Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with local government agencies to collect prescriptions and hopefully prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
The DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be no questions asked at the anonymous and free collection. Numerous “Take-Back” sites will be set up throughout the Nashville area.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by checking the continuously updated site — www.dea.gov.
DEA statistics show that prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
“A very accessible drug stash can be found right at home in your medicine cabinet,” said Rodney G. Benson, special agent in charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division said.
“Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” the DEA release states.
In addition, the DEA said many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away — both potential safety and health hazards.