DEA Heads Valley and Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back

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POSTED: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 2:21pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 8:11am

(McAllen, TX) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Mission, and Pharr Police Departments, will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

“A factor contributing to the increased abuse of prescription drugs is their availability in the home medicine cabinet. Pharmaceutical drugs, particularly controlled substances, taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision can be just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs”, said Will Glaspy, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA McAllen District Office. “The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Campaign provides an opportunity for the public in the Rio Grande Valley to safely remove and dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs from their homes.”

Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long-term care facilities.

Collection Sites will be set up at the following locations in the Rio Grande Valley:

HEB Grocery Store HEB Grocery Store

901 Trenton Rd. 900 South 10th St.

McAllen, Texas 78504 McAllen, Texas 78501

HEB Grocery Store HEB Grocery Store

2700 W. Freddy Gonzalez 1212 S. Closner

Edinburg, Texas 78539 Edinburg, Texas 78539

HEB Grocery Store HEB Grocery Store

2409 E. Expressway 83 1300 E. Hwy 83

Mission, Texas 78572 Pharr, Texas 78577

HEB Grocery Store HEB Grocery Store

2155 Paredes Line Road 613 S. Expressway 83

Brownsville, Texas 78526 Harlingen, Texas 78550

Other participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the American Association of Poison Control Centers; the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; D.A.R.E. America; the Federation of State Medical Boards; the U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the National District Attorneys Association; the National Sheriffs Association; The Partnership at Drugfree.org; and National Family Partnership.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations. In addition, interested media can now go to: www.nationaltakebackday.com to download a public service announcement about the initiative.

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