Bay State residents on Saturday will be able to throw out old prescription drugs as part of a national effort to weaken the black market for unused medications and to reduce first-time drug use by teens.
The effort is being led by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which reports that every day 2,500 teens experiment with illicit drugs by reaching into the family medicine cabinet, not by meeting a drug dealer on a darkened street. The DEA also says that each month 6.2 million teens and adults abuse prescription drugs, more than those who fall victim to heroin, cocaine and other street drugs.
“Making our homes safer for our families is a priority for all of us. Removing unneeded and unwanted prescriptions from the home does that,” DEA Special Agent Steve W. Derr said in a statement. Derr is the special agent in charge of the DEA's New England operations.
The effort is called the "National Prescription Drug Take-Back'' and the DEA and local officials have set up collection sites around the state. Follow this link to find the dropoff location nearest your community.
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