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DEA Announces 21st National Prescription Take Back Day

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Districts of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

United States Attorney SHAWN N. ANDERSON, for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), will join the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, October  23rd for its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The biannual event will be held from     10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at thousands of collection sites around the country, including here in Guam and the NMI. This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic—drug overdoses are up thirty percent over the last year alone and taking more than 250 lives every day. The majority of opioid addictions in America start with prescription pills found in medicine cabinets at home.

In April 2021, citizens of Guam and the NMI turned in over 1,565 pounds collectively.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Opioid-related deaths accounted for 75 percent of all overdose deaths in 2020.

The following sites in Guam and the NMI are designated to receive unused prescription drugs and vaping device products on Saturday, October 23, 2021, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.:

  • Agana Shopping Center (Center Court)
  • Andersen Air Force Base Exchange (Entrance to Store)
  • Dededo Mayor’s Office
  • Malesso’ Mayor’s Office
  • Naval Base Guam - Navy Exchange (Food Court)
  • Saipan Commonwealth Health Center (Outpatient Pharmacy)
  • Rota Health Center
  • Tinian Health Center

Contact DEA Resident Agent in Charge Kenneth Bowman at 671-472-7384 regarding any questions about prescription drug abuse and any concerns regarding drug-related activity on Guam or in the NMI.

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Carmela Rapadas, Public Affairs Officer

Updated October 21, 2021

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