This Saturday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has partnered with local law enforcement and community partners to provide the 14th opportunity in seven years for people to rid their homes of potentially risky, expired, addictive and unwanted prescription drugs.
Seven locations will be open across the Mississippi Coast on Saturday to take unused or unwanted prescription drugs off the street during the DEA's National Drug Take Back Day.
There will also be a collection site in the parking lot next to Kaiser Permanente at 3501 Stockdale Highway.
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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the average age for the first use of prescription drugs in the United States is 13 years old. Since 2010, they have collected and disposed of over 1,725 pounds of prescription drugs. Bring pills for disposal.
The semi-annual collection of unused prescription meds and other drugs takes place this Saturday at mainly law enforcement facilities in the Northwoods.
Last April, 450 tons of prescription drugs were collected at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 state and local law enforcement partners. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition to the misconception that prescription drugs are "safer" than illegal drugs, they are easily accessible in medicine cabinets and homes. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are accidental poisonings and overdoses.