News Release
Date: May 03, 2012
Contact: SA Laila Rico
Public Information Officer
Number: (787) 277-4700

DEA Caribbean Division National Take Back
Initiative Yields 1,027 lbs of Prescription Drugs

May 03 (San Juan, PR) On April 28, 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Caribbean Division collected approximately 1,023 pounds of prescription drugs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands during the DEA National Take Back Initiative announced Pedro Janer, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division.

“This is our fourth National Take Back Initiative. DEA will continue to work hard in fighting the abuse of prescription drugs and keeping them out of the illegal drug market and off of our streets. We are here to provide a safe method to dispose of expired and unneeded medications,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Pedro Janer. “We have turned this into a community effort with the help of many of our municipalities throughout the island, various law enforcement agencies and the assistance of the media in getting the word out. DEA would like to thank the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for their support in disposing of their prescription drugs and in fighting prescription drug abuse.”

In Puerto Rico, DEA collected 716 pounds of prescription drugs. The DEA in the U.S. Virgin Islands collected 307 pounds of prescription drugs. DEA operated 18 collection sites in Puerto Rico and six in the U.S. Virgin Islands on today.

The following agencies and community organizations provided significant assistance to DEA during the National Take Back Initiative: Home Instead Senior Care, AARP of Puerto Rico, the Municipalities of Guaynabo, Barceloneta, Caguas, Camuy, Hatillo, Las Piedras, Orocovis, Vega Alta, Patillas, Villalba, Jayuya, Ponce, Guayama, Mayaguez, San German and Cabo Rojo.