Pres. Trump Thanks Americans For Record Drug Return to DEA on Drug Take Back Day

Local authorities collect drugs for Drug Take Back Day. (Photo/Nicole Buchmann/TV6)

November 8, 2017
OAN Newsroom

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/.

  • Jack

    Just pile the drugs up and soak them with gasoline and burn them on site of confiscation. Take a small amount for evidence and photos of the rest. then burn the pileup complete. This should keep all the drugs from getting sold back on the street.

  • Varangian Guard

    The DNC is collecting everything and taking it back to the ‘hood. It is trade votes for dope day…………

  • landy fincannon

    What are a great country!

    A woman can visit a clinic and have her unborn child killed then go home.

    A non violent, first time drug offender , under mandatory minim sentencing laws could face more time than a rapist or arsonist.

  • Roger Belcher

    Great! But, what do they do with them after collection? How much is one million pounds of these drugs worth on the street? I don’t trust the government to destroy these drugs. There’s too much money in it.

    • littlepeaks

      Probably only a small percentage of drugs are narcotics/opiates. AFAIK, they send the drugs to a waste disposal site for incineration.

      • Flagfriend

        I’d like to see them incinerated at each site, as they are turned in. Wouldn’t be that hard.
        99% of those doing the collection can be trusted. But that 1% can wreak a lot of havoc.

        • tedlv

          I worked a project in Oregon several years ago. It was very difficult to convince the state officials that a Synthetica Steam Reformer was not an incinerator. What tipped the scales was the fact that California didn’t call it an incinerator, so Oregon grudgingly allowed us to operate it. The point being, in some states, it is difficult or impossible to operate an incinerator. Installing incinerators at every collection point would be effectively impossible.

          • Jenny O

            I had to look up Synthetica Steam Reformer. 😆
            Thoughts on what might be effective, besides honest auditing?
            My experience with government bureaucratic leadership is that many are unwilling to take a chance beyond their often institutional ignorant stubbornness. It only takes one or two in management to veto the technically knowledgeable.

          • tedlv

            As we said in the industry, been there done that, got the jacket an hat!

            Your assessment is spot on! I have dealt with the bureaucrats many times.

    • Wendy M

      Plus, at our sites anyway, pills are poured out of the container into the bin, so they are all mixed together.

  • a non

    THIS is the lead story on OAN today? Hahahahahahahah

    • Jenny O

      Lead?
      Depends on when you tune in…duh.
      Why don’t you make yourself happy by sticking with CNN and MSNBC to get those repetitive fake news headlines?

    • JJake Spitz

      Opioid addiction is a plague that is going on currently, big time. More deaths than any other means in the US and it is primarily to our youth and you are mocking attempts to quell this problem. Like the other contributor, go back to your Russian spy stories. If you are not getting enough on CNN, try a Tom Clancy novel.

      • Jenny O

        Every generation seems to engage in some dastardly form of addiction. We lose our youth to these afflictions fostered by the criminal element of society. Once again, our leadership calls for us to fight against this increasing cultural decline.

        • JJake Spitz

          It will always be in a free society but I believe this administration will fight it and those you mention. I think lack of hope for many with this young generation is a driving force. That will change also when there become more jobs and with more demand for workers better opportunity and greater hope.