Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs.
National Take Back Day Results
- Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,153
- Total Collection Sites: 4,587
- Total Weight* Collected: 985,392 lbs. (492.7 Tons)
*Collection results may include materials other than prescription drugs.
Results: April 2016 11th National Take Back
- Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,264
- Total Collection Sites: 5,359
- Total Weight Collected: 893,498 lbs. (447 Tons)
Results: October 2016 12th National Take Back
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can can help some people struggling with addiction sustain recovery. Treatment should include access to the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options of methadone, buprenorphine, or extended-release naltrexone, which are effective for both prescription opioid and heroin addiction.
Naloxone is an opioid receptor antagonist that rapidly binds to opioid receptors, blocking heroin from activating them. An appropriate dose of naloxone acts in less than two minutes and completely eliminates all signs of opioid intoxication to reverse an opioid overdose. Between 1996 and 2014, naloxone reportedly reversed over 26,000 overdoses. Narcan can be used on both adults and children and can be administered by first responders, family members, or caregivers.