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Southland residents were given the opportunity to  get rid of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs recently by dropping them off at designated collection sites during the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Friday April 26. (file photo). 

 

Southland residents were given the opportunity to get rid of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs recently by dropping them off at designated collection sites during the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Friday April 26.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., drop-off sites were open throughout the region, operated by police departments and other agencies. The service was free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

During previous Drug Take-Back events, Los Angeles-area residents have turned in thousands of pounds of medicines.  According to the DEA, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and abuse.  The agency noted that rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high -- with more Americans abusing prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to the DEA.

To learn more about proper prescription drug disposal visit www.dea.gov. 

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