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Drug Collection

4/26/2014


The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is coordinating a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. On Saturday, April 26, from 10am-2pm, bring your medications for disposal to Delta College Public Safety Office (N102) on the main campus. The service is free and anonymous.

Last September, Americans turned in 647,211 pounds of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information visit www.dea.gov, or contact Steven Witzke at smwitzke@delta.edu or at 989-686-9145

 


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