DEA collects thousands of pounds of drugs on Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration collected more than 700,000 pounds of unneeded medications at more than 5,000 locations on April 30 as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Since 2010, the DEA and its law enforcement partners, have collected nearly 16 million pounds of drugs no longer needed.

Locally, Mississippi collected more than 4,000 pounds of medications during Take Back Day.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an important part of DEA’s efforts to fight the overdose epidemic and save lives,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “I encourage everyone across the country to dispose of unneeded medications throughout the year to help keep our communities safe and healthy.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley said prescription medications often end up in the wrong hands, which is why Take Back Day is so important.

“It’s absolutely critical that we all do our part in ridding our homes of these unused medications and dispose of them safely at these Drug Take-Back events or at permanent drop sites throughout the year,” Byerley said. “DEA thanks the citizens – including our federal, state and local and tribal law enforcement and community partners — for their tremendous support in this effort to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands.”

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