Law enforcement agencies across the country will be collecting unused and expired prescription drugs Saturday as part of the DEA’s National Prescription Take-Back Day.
The event, which is held twice a year, was created to provide the public with a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs without causing any damage to the environment. However, police said it has an even greater purpose by preventing abuse, overdose and keeping drugs off the streets and out of children and teen’s hands.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
Teens rank high in the abuse. Unlike other illegal drugs, prescription drugs are typically easy for teens to obtain in the medicine cabinets of parents, grandparents and friends. About two-thirds of teens who report abuse admit to getting the drugs from family and friends, according to The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
More than 4,000 law enforcement agencies participated in the DEA’s latest Take-Back day in November, which resulted with 647,211 pounds, or 324 tons, of expired or unusued prescription medications.
Drop off sites will be operating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday