WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- The latest National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day took in 371 tons of prescription drugs, 50 percent more than in 2012, U.S. drug enforcement officials said.
The sixth take-back day, April 27, saw 742,497 pounds of prescription medications collected from the public at more than 5,829 locations staffed by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency for the event, the federal agency said in a release Thursday.
When added to the collections from DEA's previous five previous Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds -- 1,409 tons -- of prescription medications have been removed from circulation, DEA officials said.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day seeks to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of such medications.
The 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.