May 06, 2016
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DEA’s 11th Pill Take Back Event Yields Fruitful Results In Tennessee & Nationwide
NASHVILLE - Tennesseans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’(DEA’s) 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (NTBI) held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, turned in 21,229 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at sites set up throughout the state. This amount far exceeded the largest amount collected statewide during the 10 previous Take-Back events.
Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented, “DEA’s 11th Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign was a great success both locally and nationally. While Tennesseans turned in 21,229 pounds of unwanted or expired medications, nationally, 893,498 (447 Tons) of expired and unwanted prescription medications were collected in more than 5,359 sites that were available across the United States. The local amount collected was the third highest total collected out of the 10 previous Take-Back events. I would like to thank the multitude of (both law enforcement and non-law enforcement) who worked tirelessly to make this event another great success.”
The NTBI addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. Surveys of opioid drug users show that the majority of them get their drugs free from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet. This event was a unique opportunity for Americans to make their homes and medicine cabinets safe from theft and abuse. It also helped raise awareness about the dangers of controlled prescription opioids and allowed these potentially dangerous substances to be properly disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
SAC Salter encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.