The US government through the Attorney General, Eric Holder has announced September 27, 2014, for take-backs of unused prescription drugs from residents everywhere within the country. Authorized pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other approved collectors have been designated as collection points for this unused drug take-back effort, and citizens can mail in their unused prescription drugs to these authorized facilities on the appointed day.
According to Attorney General Eric Holder, over 20,000 drug overdose deaths arise from prescription drugs within the US, “these shocking statistics illustrate that prescription drug addiction and abuse represent nothing less than a public health crisis. Every day, this crisis touches and devastates the lives of Americans from every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life.”
The US Attorney General Holder further states that “ the Department of Justice has taken aggressive steps to fight back—by targeting the illegal supply chain, by disrupting so-called ‘pill mills,’ and by expanding public health, education, and law enforcement efforts. But we also recognize that much of this work must start at home. Nearly four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug have obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet. That’s why, today, I am announcing that we are expanding drug take-back efforts by introducing new ways for people to safely dispose of old or unused prescription drugs.
“Through new DEA regulations, patients will be allowed to more easily join the fight against prescription drug abuse by dropping off their leftover medications at pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other ‘authorized collectors.’ Beyond authorizing new drop-off sites, the new DEA rule will allow long-term care facilities to assist in the disposal of prescription controlled substances belonging to current or former residents. And most importantly, patients or their family members can mail their prescription controlled substances to an authorized collector using prepaid mail-back packages that can be obtained right from their pharmacy or from other locations like libraries and community centers.”