November 8, 2017
President Trump took to Twitter to thank Americans for turning over a record number of prescription drugs to the DEA.
In a report released Tuesday, the agency said nearly one million pounds of drugs were collected during their national Drug Take Back Day.
The eight-year-old program partners with local, state, and tribal law enforcement officers.
It gives Americans the option to bring expired, unused, and unwanted drugs to more than 5,000 drop-off sites across the country.
“The latest Take Back day was the most successful yet, safely disposing of a record amounts of drugs,” announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I have no doubt that will save lives.”
This comes after the president declared the country’s opioid crisis a national health emergency last month.
Combating opioid abuse in the U.S. has become one of the top priorities for the federal government in the last year.
The DEA will conduct another Drug Take Back Day at the end of April.
More information and a list of disposal sites can be found at https://takebackday.dea.gov/.