Prescription Drug Take Back Day Yields 105 Pounds

The police event is increasingly successful.


From Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose

Sandy Springs Police held its third annual Drug Take Back day at police headquarters this past Saturday. This year’s total of 105 pounds exceeded last year’s total of 80 pounds.

Americans participating in the DEA’s four previous Take-Back Days turned in nearly 1.6 million pounds—almost 774 tons—of prescription drugs.

“The growing response to DEA’s national Take Back Day events demonstrates that the public understands, and wants to help combat, the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in America," said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. “ [The] DEA will continue holding these national Take Back Day events as long as they are needed to prevent diversion, addiction, and overdose deaths.”

jeff October 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It's great to see people come together to help fight a problem. Just one pill makes a difference. But to see dozens of pounds collected is wonderful. When we eliminate this opiate addiction, it will help reduce heroin use in this country. Teen addicts in treatment tell myteensavers that they never thought they'd use heroin, but they get so hooked on the opioids, they find themselves heroin addicts. They recommend constant conversations between parents and their kids and home drug testing as methods to reduce this epidemic.


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