DETROIT — The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This event offers free and anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.
Go here for a list of Valley collection sites.
According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year, more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, marking the largest number of drug-related deaths ever recorded in a year. Opioid-related deaths accounted for 75 percent of all overdose deaths in 2020.
Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 7,000 tons of medication from circulation since its inception.
“The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic — drug overdoses are up 30 percent over the last year alone and taking more than 250 lives every day,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram in a news release. “The majority of opioid addictions in America start with prescription pills found in medicine cabinets at home.
At the last DEA Take Back Day, the Detroit Field Division, servicing Michigan and Ohio, collected more than 70,000 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.