09/24/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – The Drug Enforcement Administration is encouraging Americans to get rid of expired or unused prescription drugs. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the DEA is hosting a national campaign on Saturday, designated as a prescription drug “Take-Back” event, to allow those with expired, unwanted, or unused medications to drop them off at over 4,000 designated locations across the country.
Acting DEA administrator Michele Leonhart is quoted by the AP as stating of the need for such a cause, “We have an epidemic… Our research shows that the No. 1 source of medicines that kids abuse is their own home medicine cabinet or a family member or friend’s home.”
Leonhart is further quoted as stating, “As parents and grandparents, we do everything we need to do to childproof; now we need teen-proof by getting medicine out of the medicine cabinet.”
A list of drug drop sites may be found by visiting http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/.
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