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DPS SET TO HOST ITS EIGHTH PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY ON APRIL 26

Take-Back Day helps residents rid their homes of unwanted and potentially dangerous drugs

Monday, April 21, 2014 -

On Saturday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, Arizonans will be able to drop off their expired, unused, and unwanted pills at sites across the state free of charge; no questions asked.

These Take Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) . Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Arizonans responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s seven previous Take-Back Day events, disposing over 35,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs in the past three years.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov , clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database where they can enter their zip code.

Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539.