Boston – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Recovery Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. .
“Eliminating unnecessary drugs can help prevent drug abuse,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic records. I encourage everyone to get rid of unnecessary prescription drugs now.
“The DEA is committed to making our communities safer and healthier,” said Greg Millard, special agent in charge of the El Paso Division of Drug Enforcement. “The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-back Program reflects the DEA’s commitment. We encourage everyone to remove unnecessary medications from their homes to prevent drug abuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.
Drug overdose deaths have risen 16% in the past year, killing more than 290 people every day. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the majority of people who abused a prescription drug got it from a family member or friend.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 106,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses in the 12 months ending November 2021, marking the highest number of never-recorded drug-related deaths, along with opioid-related deaths. deaths representing 75 percent of all overdose deaths.
For more than a decade, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day has been helping Americans easily rid their homes of unnecessary drugs — those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed — that too often become a gateway to the dependency. Working closely with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed over 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts align directly with the DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.
On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the DEA and its law enforcement partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharp objects and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges provided the lithium batteries are removed.
A partner locator and toolkit is also available at www.DEATakeBack.com for easy reference to April 30 collection sites.
Blessed Trinity Parish, located at 1340 Plymouth Avenue in Fall River, will once again be home to the Fall River Police Department. The first 25 people to return unused medication will receive a $5 Dunkin’ gift card.
New Bedford will hold theirs at the police department at 871 Rockdale Avenue.