Over 3 tons of prescription drugs collected during DEA campaign

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A campaign held over the weekend to collect unwanted and expired prescription medications was a success.

Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Elizabeth W. Kempshall announced Wednesday that more than 6,200 medications were collected during Operation Take-Back Arizona.

The nationwide campaign took place Saturday so that Arizonans could dispose of their medications in a safe way.

There were 74 collections sites at various police and sheriff departments around Arizona.

Kempshall says, “The first ever National Take Back Day was a huge success. The removal for safe disposal of over 3 tons of prescription drugs is an invaluable tool that Arizona law enforcement agencies are please to provide to the communities of our state.”

A news release from DES points out that many Americans are not aware that medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. It also indicates that rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates.