Did you know that rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high? More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. And did you know that studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet?*

“Responding to our Nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic requires a sustained effort from government, the private sector, the medical community, as well as families and individuals,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “

In an ongoing effort to keep our clients advised of upcoming events of interest, BRMS is happy to inform you of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for people who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.

This DEA event is key to reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion and plays a significant role in purging America’s home medicine cabinets of neglected drugs. Last year nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies participated throughout the nation, collecting more than 309 tons of pills. This effort was instrumental in successfully removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.

For more information and to find a collection site near you, visit: http://1.usa.gov/TakeBackL

* 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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