May 6, 2016 7:28 PM by News Staff
Northern California and Central Valley residents turned in 26,333 pounds of prescription drugs during DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the United States Department of Justice reported Friday.
Nationwide, Americans turned in more unused prescription drugs than on any of the previous ten events since it began in 2010.
Last weekend the DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines—about 447 tons—at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds.
The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family.
Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses—78 a day—in 2014.
Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.