On July 28th DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place at sites across the country on September 26, 2015. In a statement at the announcement of the event, Rosenberg said, "Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat. Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”
Leftover/Forgotten Drugs Fuel the Drug Trade and Addiction
DEA research and other studies have shown that prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses stemming from drugs taken from people's homes.
On National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, everyone with unused drugs in their homes can safely dispose of them with no questions asked, by dropping them off at any one of hundreds of locations across the country.
Getting Drugs off New Jersey Streets
Last year, 248 sites collected over 14,000 pounds of drugs from New Jersey homes. If you haven't seen our Taylor Ham graphic about that, check out our Drug Take Back Day Totals for New Jersey graphic.
The national total for all 9 previous take-back days nationwide is a staggering 4,823,251 pounds. That's almost 5 MILLION pounds of drugs removed from circulation. We haven't done the math yet for how many Taylor Hams that is!
Over 200 Drop Off Locations around New Jersey
Locations will be announced September 1st on the DEA Take Back Day web page. All locations will be open on September 26th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Any and all unwanted drugs, be they prescription or over the counter, will be accepted with no questions asked.