Attorney General Sam Olens Supports Drug Take-Back Program
On Saturday, September 26th, the 10th national DEA drug take-back program will take place state-wide. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has announced his proud support of this event, which helps to reduce accidental poisonings and overdoses. Take Back Day allows anyone to drop off unwanted medications and drugs, "no questions asked."
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are an alarming high, as are the number of accidents that occur due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
"This is a completely free and anonymous way to get rid of prescription drugs," said Olens. "I encourage the citizens of Georgia to take advantage of this event."
Last year, Georgia residents made good use of the 81 collection sites set up for Take Back Day. Almost 3 TONS of unwanted medications and drugs were collected. If you haven't seen our Coca-Cola graphic about that, check out our 2014 Drug Take Back Day Totals for Georgia page.
The national total for all 9 previous take-back days nationwide is a staggering 4,823,251 pounds. That's almost 5 MILLION pounds of drugs removed from circulation. We haven't done the math yet for how many Diet Cokes that is!
Take Back Day 2015 is September 26th
Locations will be announced September 1st on the DEA Take Back Day web page. All locations will be open on September 26th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Any and all unwanted drugs, be they prescription or over the counter, will be accepted with no questions asked.