Published Date : Oct 27, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump has urged the citizens to give away their leftover prescription drugs such as opioid on the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be observed on Saturday. Designated collection sites will collect the drugs from citizens on this day. The president had addressed the issue of opioid abuse and declared its epidemic as a public health emergency when promoting the move in a speech at the White House on Thursday. Trump has assured citizens of a safe disposal of the “dangerous and horrible” drugs. Prescription drugs have been commonly blamed for accidental poisonings in children.
It is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and some local agencies which have sponsored the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
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Americans have been facilitated with drop-off centers in all of the 50 U.S. states. Between 10 am and 2 pm, citizens could get rid of their unwanted medication patches or pills at nation-wide collection centers. To the interest of the citizens, anonymous drop-offs have been allowed by the government, also with no cost involved. According to the DEA, around 8.1 mn pounds of unwanted pills have been turned in since the first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in 2004. About 900,000 pounds of drugs were brought in across 5,500 U.S. sites in April this year.
In between the official Take Back Days, certain pharmacies and other collection sites would collect leftover pills brought in from around the nation.