DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Shawn N. Anderson, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, will join the Drug Enforcement Administration on Oct. 28 for its 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The biannual event will be held from 10am to 2pm, at thousands of collection sites around the country, including in Guam and here in the NMI.

The event is an effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Drop off unused prescription drugs at these areas on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, between 10am and 2pm:

-Commonwealth Health Center (in front of the pharmacy)

-Rota Health Center

-Tinian Health Center

-Agana Shopping Center (across Vitamin World)

-Andersen Air Force Base Exchange (inside entrance)

-Naval Base Guam (Navy Exchange food court)

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 lbs) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million lbs—more than 4,050 tons—of pills. The disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.)

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Some painkiller abusers move on to heroin: Four out of five new heroin users started with painkillers.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. This initiative addresses the public safety and public health issues that surround medications languishing in home cabinets, becoming highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Contact DEA special agent Dave Stubbs at (671) 472-7384 regarding any questions about prescription drug abuse and/or any concerns regarding drug related activity on Guam or in the NMI.

For more information, go to www.dea.gov, www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com, or www.justthinktwice.com. (PR)

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