Drug take-back event nets record of discarded prescription drugs

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More than 35,000 pounds of unwanted and unnecessary prescription pills were collected last month in OH during a federal initiative to decrease opioid addiction.

Local authorities collect drugs for Drug Take Back Day. The drugs are then taken away for disposal.

Americans nationwide brought the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds - 456 tons - of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites, according to a DEA news release.

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In Florida alone, individuals turned in more than 26,000 pounds of prescription drugs to 155 collection sites.

"Being in the midst of the deadly opioid epidemic, I am encouraged and proud that so many Americans are stepping up to prevent drug abuse", said Attorney General Bondi.

The event is created to curb prescription drug theft and abuse.

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According to the DEA, 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons of prescription drugs have been collected since the fall of 2010.

"We know of many cases where leftover pain pills have led to an opioid addiction", U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said in the release.

Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said in a prepared statement that "Properly disposing of pills left in home medicine cabinets means fewer pills making it into the hands of young people experimenting with drugs, possibly leading to more drug abuse and possible addiction". "Get them out of your house".

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