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Alabama leaders urges Alabamians to participate in Drug Take-Back Day

(Source: DEA.gov) (Source: DEA.gov)
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Alabama leaders are trying to reduce prescription drug abuse by collecting expired or unused medicine.

Attorney General Luther Strange is urging Alabamians to take part in the 12th DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back this Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Strange says law enforcement officers will be set up at 52 collection sites across the state, including the Tennessee Valley, to receive and then safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 43,000 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired drugs have been collected and disposed of safely since Alabama’s first Take-Back event in September of 2010.

Attorney General Strange said these kinds of events have positive effects on many Alabama communities.

Strange said, “This is an important and basic step to fight drug abuse and drug-related crimes, by assisting in the removal of potentially dangerous controlled substances from our homes.  Many of us have out-dated prescriptions that are too easily accessible to children and others.  These drugs can also be the target of home invasions and burglaries. 
On October 22, we are asking the people of Alabama to protect their homes and communities by locating medicines that are out-of-date or no longer needed, and bringing them in for safe and proper disposal.”

DEA officials say everything is confidential during Drug Take-Back Day. They say no personal information is collected and no questions asked.  Participants are encouraged to remove labels or black-out information beforehand.

Federal officials are especially concerned about the alarming number of teenagers who abuse prescription drugs after finding them in a family’s medicine cabinet.

Researchers with The Partnership for a Drug-Free America found, one in five teens has tried Vicodin, a powerful addictive narcotic painkiller; one in 10 has tried OxyContin, also a prescription narcotic; one in 10 has used stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall for non-medical purposes; and one in 11 admit to getting high on cough syrup.     

Prescription drugs are also dangerous to children who might take them by accident.  

DEA officials say the environment is also a major concern. They say it is vital that medicines are disposed of properly instead of being thrown into the trash, flushed down the toilet or poured down a drain since they could contaminate an area’s water supply. 

If you’d like to find a Drug Take-Back Day collection site near you, click here and then click on the “Got Drugs” box.  If you don’t see your
area listed on the DEA website, please check with local police to see if they are holding a Take-Back event.  

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