Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the DEA’s recent announcement that its most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event, conducted alongside more than 4,200 of its law enforcement and community partners, collected more unused prescription drugs than at any of the 12 previous events.
The April 29 event brought in 900,386 pounds (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. National Prescription Take Back Day started in September 2010, and the 13 total events so far have collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs. The DEA noted that according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and clinics have also begun continuous collection of these medications after regulation changes in the last two years.
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