-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- In an ongoing effort to
fight prescription-drug abuse by adults and teenagers in the United
States, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has
scheduled Saturday, Oct. 29 as another National Prescription Drug
More than 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs,
according to a 2009 survey from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration. The Partnership for a Drug Free
America also reports that about 2,500 teens use prescription
medications to get high for the first time. Studies show that
people who abuse these types of drugs get them by raiding the
medicine cabinets of their friends and family members.
To keep unused or unwanted prescription drugs out of the hands
of drug abusers, on Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., people
can safely throw away their unused prescription drugs at designated
collection sites around the country.
This so-called National Take Back Initiative follows two
previous collection days held in September 2010 and last April.
With the cooperation of nearly 4,000 state and local law
enforcement agencies across the United States, the DEA collected
more than 309 tons of pills on those two days.
The DEA said it plans to continue collecting unwanted
prescription drugs every six months until it has finished
developing a process for people to safely dispose of these
medications as set forth in the Secure and Responsible Drug
Disposal Act of 2010 signed into law on Oct. 12 by President
The U.S. Department of Justice has a database of National Take
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