Following the success of last September’s Prescription Pill Take-Back Day, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America have announced another national take-back event April 30, according to this release. Last year, the event collected a total of 121 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites across the country.
Local and national take-back efforts are important in raising awareness and preventing prescription drug abuse since most teens who abuse prescription medications like OxyContin obtain the drugs through a friend or relative who had a legitimate prescription and left-over pills. However, it’s worth noting that the CADCA receives government support as well as financial backing from pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma and King Pharmaceuticals. While helpful, take-back days in no way harm drug-makers’ bottom lines.
Read about last year’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day here.