News Release
September 22, 2010
Public Affairs
Number: 213-621-6827

DEA and Las Vegas Law Enforcement Join Forces as part of
Nationwide effort to
Take-Back Prescription Drugs on Sept. 25

SEP 22 - LAS VEGAS – Less than a month into the Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign, over 3,500 sites nationwide, including 30 in Nevada, have joined the effort that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. Government, community, public health and law enforcement partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at these sites o n Saturday, September 25 th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Collection sites throughout Nevada can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations. In addition, interested media can now go to: www.nationaltakebackday.com to download a public service announcement about the initiative.

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.

“The National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way.”

Las Vegas area law enforcement participating include the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police Department and North Las Vegas Police Department. Other 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.

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