2,123 tons of expired or unwanted drugs collected

People from across the nation with expired or unwanted medications flocked to collection sites participating in the 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  According to the DEA’s website, 390 tons of unwanted or expired medications were brought to the 6,072 collection sites that DEA and its 4,423 state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners set up on April 26, 2014.  Added to the amount from the 7 previous DEA take-back events, that raises the grand total to 2,123 tons – nearly 10 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty – of unwanted or expired medications that have been collected through the events for proper disposal.

For more information on the disposal of pharmaceutical waste – whether controlled substances or hazardous, chemotherapeutic, dual, mixed, radiologic, or other pharmaceutical waste – visit the AVMA’s members-only resource, Disposal of Pharmaceuticals, which is a page within the larger resource on “Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices: What Goes Where?”.

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