Arizona

Apr 22, 2014 7:24 PM by Marissa Esquivel

DEA hosts prescription drug take-back day

PHOENIX - On April 26th, the DEA will hold another prescription drug take-back day. The service is free and anonymous.

This event is held because unused medications in homes can be a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft, misuse, and abuse.

In Arizona, 1 in 6 youth said they abuse prescription drugs.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman says "We know that young people consider controlled- substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn't be more wrong. By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death."

To find a collection site nearest to you go to:

www.dea.gov

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