Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Planned for April 27

DEA’s sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013. DEA’s first five Take-Back events resulted in the removal from circulation of more than 2 million pounds (over 1,000 tons) of prescription drugs.

Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana use as the Nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem, with approximately 22 million persons nationwide initiating nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report, entitled State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers, also shows use by state, with combined 2010 and 2011 data indicating that rates of past year misuse among those aged 12 or older ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon.