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08 November 2017, 11:50 | Melissa Porter
15 tons, what do you get? The amount of expired prescription drugs disposed of in one day in Northern California | The Sacramento Bee
More than 217,000 pounds, or 108, tons of medications have been turned in by New Jersey residents over the course of the 14 Take Back Day events.
Nationally, the DEA collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of drugs- nearly six tons more than was collected at last spring's event, a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama stated.
"The latest Take Back day was the most successful yet, safely disposing of a record amounts of drugs", announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to the DEA, since starting Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2010, the agency has collected more than 9 million unused drugs through the nationwide program.
The DEA conducts the Take Back event every two years, aimed at reducing instances of substance abuse and addiction by getting people to clean out their medicine cabinets.
Two weeks ago representatives with the Houston-based Gallagher Law Firm gave county commissioners a presentation about how the opioid epidemic is affecting the state. Overdose fatalities from prescription medicines like painkillers are at a 15-year high in California alone.
On Oct. 28, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration collected 912,305 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs across the country. "Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts".
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