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More Than 17 Tons of Unused Drugs Collected on "Drug Take Back Day"

The numbers are in for last month's "Drug Take Back Day". The DEA says it collected more than 17 tons of unused prescription medications in the Pacific Northwest.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 6:55 AM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 8:03 AM

The numbers are in for last month's "Drug Take Back Day".

The DEA says it collected more than 17 tons of unused prescription medications in the Pacific Northwest.

The following are the results broken down by state:

Washington -- 71 collection sites which resulted in 15,473 pounds (7.7 tons) removed from circulation.


Idaho -- 30 collection sites which resulted in 5,640 (2.8 tons) removed from circulation. This is a record collection for
Idaho.

Oregon -- 56 collection sites which resulted in 10,210 pounds (5.1 tons) removed from circulation.

Alaska -- 18 collection sites which resulted in 3,735 pounds (1.9 tons) removed from circulation.

"Drug Take Back Day" has been happening since the fall of 2010.

Since then, the DEA has collected over 9 million pounds of unused drugs.

DEA's next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28, 2018.

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