DEA Drug Take Back Day – April 29th

The DEA just sent out their press release, detailing its prescription take back day. The numbers are astounding from the last take back day. 730,000 pounds of prescription drugs turned in!  Read their press release here.

America is in an epidemic of drug abuse, following is a quote from the US Drug Enforcement Administration:

America is experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose, and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers.  6.4 million Americans age 12 and over—2.4 percent of the population—abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last fall, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined.  Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms.  The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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