TCPD Takes Drugs Off The Streets

By: GPK Media

The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 was passed by Congress and signed by the president shortly after the DEA’s first Take Back Day in the fall of 2010. The act amended the Controlled Substance Act to allow the DEA to develop permanent, ongoing and responsible methods for disposing of controlled-substance medications. The Take Back initiatives are now being held twice per year–spring and fall–and public response to the initiative has steadily grown. Since the inception of the National Take Back Program by the DEA in September 2010 over 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of medications have been removed from circulation. The Spring 2013 National take back alone netted 742,497 pound (371 tons) nationally. The most recent Take Back Initiative was held October 26. Statewide and national numbers are not yet available. However, locally a total of 49.12 pounds was turned in for destruction. Since beginning participation with the program in the spring of 2011, the area has turned in a total of 187.83 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medications for destruction, Whether the timing was……