News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 03, 2012
Contact: Mike Cannon, PIO
Number: 215-861-3436

DEA Pennsylvania and Delaware Holding Fourth Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 28

APR 03 (Philadelphia, PA) – Vito S. Guarino, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Division of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced to its national and community partners, throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware, the opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse by disposing of their expired, unused, and unwanted medications on Saturday April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The DEA will have more than 400 locations throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware available for the public to dispose of unwanted medications. The service is free and anonymous and for more information on how to find a collection site near you visit www. DEA.gov, click on “Got Drugs,” then click on “Collection Site Locator” and enter your zip code or County/City/State to find collection sites near your location.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place. With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” said Leonhart.

In 2009, there were 7 million Americans age 12 years and older who abused prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, up from 6.2 million in 2008. This represents a 13 percent increase in just one year. In 2009, on average, 6,027 persons per day abused prescription pain relievers for the first time.

Also in 2009, there were 1.2 million emergency room admissions for misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals. The majority of drugs are obtained from friends and family for free. Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time,” said Guarino.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, and often come from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, the collection sites provide an opportunity for the citizens to discard their unwanted, unused, or expired pharmaceuticals in an environmentally safe manner by avoiding flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both ways pose environmental and health hazards.

DEA recognizes that the overwhelming and continued success of the Take-Back Initiatives are due to the outstanding response from the citizens, the overwhelming support from local and state officials, law enforcement authorities, the District Attorney’s Offices, the health care community, private industry, parents, and volunteers throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.

In Philadelphia, there are 23 collection sites, including the Drexel University Recreation Center, Port Richmond Pharmacy, the Trinity Center for Urban Health, and 20 fire stations located throughout the city.

For more information, visit www.DEA.gov, click on “Got Drugs,” then click on “Collection Site Locator” and enter your Zip Code or County/City/State to find collection sites near your location or call 215-238-5160.

Other participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the American Association of Poison Control Centers; the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; D.A.R.E. America; the Federation of State Medical Boards; the U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the National District Attorneys Association; the National Sheriffs Association; and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.