DEA Holds Bi-Annual Prescription Drug Take Back

Sep 28, 2012

The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is holding its bi-annual prescription drug take back day this weekend. The program is aiming to keep spent drugs out of the wrong hands.

In an effort to cut down on the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the DEA prescription drugs are abused more than heroin, hallucinogens, and cocaine, combined.  

“Anything we can do to take the prescription drugs, the over-the-counter drugs, out of the medicine cabinets, away from young adults, young people, family, friends, and safely dispose them, is advantageous to the community, the family, and to law enforcement.” Said Cam Strahm, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA office in Jacksonville.

In April the DEA collected over 17,000 pounds of unwanted, unused, and expired medication in Florida alone.   Officials said the agency has collected over 774 tons of drugs nation-wide in the 5 years since the DEA started the program.  Medication can be dropped off at the Tallahassee Police Department Saturday, September 29, from 10a.m. to 2p.m.