Arizonans turn in more than 4 tons of drugs on Take Back Day

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By David Baker By David Baker

PHOENIX -- Arizonans turned in a record amount of prescription drugs in the Fourth Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

On April 28, residents brought 8,491 pounds, or 4.25 tons, of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at over 90 take-back sites across the state.

The total combined amount of drugs turned in for the four Drug Take Back days since 2010 adds up to a total of 1.5 million pounds or 774 tons.

"We are pleased at the response of our communities once again, and we thank them for participating and contributing to the battle against prescription drug abuse," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman.

Across the nation, people disposed of 276 tons of prescription drugs to law enforcement agencies on the 28th.

Studies show that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends for free, including from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA believes the Take-Back Days are an effective way to combat the growing trend.