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Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at about 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
To find permanent disposal bins, call the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Hotline at 1-800-458-0145 or visit www.useonlyasdirected.org.
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