Drug Take-Back Events address a vital public safety and public health issue. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In an effort to address this problem, local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the DEA conduct National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days twice a year. Drug Take-Back occurs twice a year in September and April.
The purpose of these Drug Take-Back Days is to provide an avenue for persons to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
These efforts are a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our communities’ medicine cabinets.
Maine is #1 in the amount of drugs per capita collected at these events.