National Drug Take-Back Day, round 2

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.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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