According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration(DEA), 50,822 pounds of medication was collected in Ohio on April 27, 2019 during the 17th National Drug Take Back Day.
DEA National Drug Take Back Day takes place twice a year, in April and October. The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Unused medications are frequently diverted, misused and abused. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including medication being stolen from a home medicine cabinet.
This Spring in Ohio, 232 law enforcement agencies participated in the effort at 298 different collection sites.
According to U.S. Department of Justice reports, more than 503,000 pounds of medications have been collected since the program started in 2010.