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United States Attorney's Office Supports
Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take-Back Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2013


United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia, announces the commitment of resources to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Initiative which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in various locations throughout the district.  This is an opportunity for those who have subsequently accumulated unwanted and unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.

In the five previous Take-Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, have collected more than two million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medication from circulation.  The National Prescription Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

“We understand that prescription medicine abuse is a serious issue that is affecting an entire generation,” said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore.  “We have joined this important effort because we are committed to fighting prescription medicine abuse.  As prosecutors of narcotics cases, we understand that the need to endorse this effort is crucial.  Cleaning out medicine cabinets and securing medications will reduce the chance of someone abusing prescription medication that is not intended for them, and will protect surplus drugs from theft.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office encourages everyone to take part in the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 27, 2013 where the Drug Enforcement Administration, state, local, and community partners will be collecting unwanted medicines.  In addition, we urge everyone to report drug dealers and unscrupulous medical personnel who provide prescription medicines to our citizens.

Take-Back events will be held in various locations, including Eatonton, Macon, Forsyth, Leesburg, Athens, Ft. Benning, and Blakely.  To join the effort, find a location near you and take the pledge to stop prescription medicines abuse go to:  Locate Collection Site Near You

Collection site locations are now available. Check back often; sites are added daily. Please contact the Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 if you require assistance.

 

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