News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 14, 2010

DEA Heads First-Ever Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

SEP 14 -- EL PASO-Today, September 7, 2010, Joseph M. Arabit of the Drug Enforcement Administration-El Paso Field Division along with numerous state and local law enforcement partners as well as community coalitions in Texas and New Mexico, announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA and their state and local law enforcement 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.

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 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 is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. This initiative will provide a safe way for our citizens to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs and reduce the threat they pose to public health.” said Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-El Paso Division.

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. 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.

The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com , www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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