The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration collected 50,821 pounds of drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day last month.
Nationwide, the agency reported collecting and destroying nearly 469 tons of potentially dangerous unwanted drugs. The DEA has collected a total of 11,816,393 pounds, or 5,908 tons since the program began in 2010.
“We know of many cases where leftover pain pills have led to an opioid addiction,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said in a prepared statement. “Properly disposing of these pills is one important step anyone can take to get involved in turning the tide on the opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain here in Ohio.”
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 26. For more details on the program, go to: www.DEATakeBack.com.