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The Fourth National Drug Take Back Day Coming Up April 28th

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The Drug Enforcement Administration will host the fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28th. In the past, the program has disposed of almost 500 tons of prescription medications at over 5,300 sites which are operated by more than 4,000 local and state law enforcement agencies.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and the Osceola, FL County Sheriff’s Office will also participate in this years’ program. This is a one day only event and will bring national attention to the problem of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse issues. The initiative brings to light a critical public health and public safety issue in our country.

In America, over seven million people abuse prescription medications currently according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National survey.

The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that more Americans abuse pharmaceutical drugs than the combined total of cocaine, heroin and hallucinogens combined, according to a recent article. The DEA has established the program to prevent outdated medicines from falling into the wrong hands or to keep from polluting our water supplies by being disposed of in an unhealthy way.

The initiative gives citizens the opportunity to safely turn in their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to law enforcement for proper disposal. The program is anonymous and there is no charge to participate in it.

Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell says by turning in your expired or unused prescription or non-prescription medicines this prevents any mistaken use or dangerous availability to children and individuals who may find them. Hansell notes it is also the safest way to dispose of them for our environment.

You can find nearby collection sites by logging on to www.dea.gov website and putting in your zip code. Last year, the Osceola Sheriff took in 234 pounds of drugs in the DEA sponsored program.

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