DEA Sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


On October 26th, law enforcement officials and community organizers held the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in thousands of cities across America. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the idea is to get old, unused and unwanted medications off the streets and out of medicine cabinets to be properly disposed of.

Several hundred thousand pounds of prescription drugs were collected by roughly 5,800 drop-off sites around the country. Participating law enforcement and community volunteers were present all over the United States.

Examples of smaller amounts include more than 300 pounds collected in Dover, NH and Sioux City, IA, 187 pounds in Leavenworth, KS, 80 pounds in Santa Barbara, CA and 32 pounds in Galesburg, IL.

Anohter event was held back in April that netted 371 tons of prescriptions, and overall they have gotten more than 3 million pounds off the streets in recent years. With close to 7 million people reportedly abusing prescription drugs, the more that communities can dispose of the better.

If you have medications that need to be gotten rid of at home, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following steps to dispose of them in the household trash:

– Mix medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds;

– Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag; and

– Throw the container in your household trash.

– Before throwing out your empty pill bottle or other empty medicine packaging, remember to scratch out all information on the prescription label to make it unreadable.


According to the DEA, the response to the National Take-Back Initiative continues to grow, as more drugs are being collected at each event.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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