DEA-National Take Back Initiative (Drop off expired or unused medication at the Zone 3 Main Precinct-880 Cherokee Ave. on April 30th)
Area: Zone 3
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health
issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription
drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day,
approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first
time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show
that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and
friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
In an effort to address this problem, DEA, in conjunction with state and
local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted the
first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 25,
2010. The purpose of this National Take Back Day was to provide a venue
for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription
drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine
cabinets. There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement
agencies throughout the nation that participated in the event. All told,
the American Public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on this first
National Take Back Day.
Due to the overwhelming success of the first event, DEA has scheduled the
second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00
am - 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for those who
missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused
prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.
3 Main Precinct is happy to participate as one of the collection sites.
Cherokee Ave., Atlanta, GA 30315
information, visit www.dea.gov.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM