News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2010
Contact:
Terri K. Wyatt
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 214-366-6900

Dallas DEA Gears Up for Local Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

SEP 24 -- DALLAS, TX – Today, Special Agent in Charge James L. Capra, of the Dallas Field Division’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announces the local component of the nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at 33 area Dallas/Ft. Worth sites o n Saturday, September 25 th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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 increasing at alarming rates, 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.

“Prescription drug abuse has become a serious public health and safety issue and it is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem,” said Special Agent in Charge Capra. “Oftentimes, the most common source for access to prescription drugs is the home medicine cabinet. With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs. In working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we can eliminate a major source of abused drugs.”

Collection sites in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. Other 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.

 

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