DEA Atlanta and Safe Kids Georgia Team Up for Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
SEP 02 -- ATLANTA, GA – The Drug Enforcement Administration, Safe Kids Georgia and numerous, community, public health and law enforcement partners, is reminding the public about a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA, Safe Kids Georgia and other partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide o n Saturday, September 25 th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. There will be numerous “Take-Back” sites set up throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area and throughout the state of Georgia. Other DEA Offices within DEA Atlanta’s four-state region (Georgia, North and South Carolina and Tennessee) will be participating in this event. See attached list for site registration information.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are steadily increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, 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.
Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division said, “Addressing the problem of the abuse of controlled pharmaceuticals continues to one of DEA’s top priorities. One such way to address this issue is to encourage the public to properly remove their unwanted, unused and dated prescription medications from their homes. DEA, Safe Kids Georgia other law enforcement and community partners are hosting its first-ever take-back program in order to child proof their homes so that these medications cannot be abused. Come and do your part as we take-back our communities from the ills of prescription drug abuse.”
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. National participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association.
Specific information will be forthcoming about the Take-Back Kick-Off Media Event scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Tucker Middle School in Tucker, Georgia. Should you have questions about this matter, please contact Chuvalo Truesdell, Special Agent-PIO of the DEA Atlanta Field Division at 404-893-7124.