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U.S. Attorney’s Office for North Texas Joins the Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2013

U.S. Attorney Saldaña Encourages Participation in
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013

DALLAS — U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas announced that the district has joined the Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership to promote its campaign, entitled the “Medicine Abuse Project,” designed to target prescription drug abuse in our communities.  The campaign will bring together families, communities, industry, health care professionals, educators, government officials and law enforcement to curb teen medicine abuse, and ultimately save lives.

“I’m honored to work with local partners, including the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, the Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership and various police departments, as well as with our federal partner, the Drug Enforcement Administration, to encourage the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by turning them in to designated collection sites this Saturday, October 26, National Prescription Take Back Day,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña.

“Prescription drug abuse has become a serious public health and safety issue and it is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem,” said Dan R. Salter, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Dallas Field Division.  “Oftentimes, the most common source for access to prescription drugs is the home medicine cabinet.  With the 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 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, our state and local law enforcement partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions and a concerned public, we can eliminate a major source of abused drugs through the Drug Take-Back campaign and the Medicine Abuse Project.”

Visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ for the drop off location closest to you.  The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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