Drug take-back programs draw praise

Many retailers took part in Saturday events nationwide

WASHINGTON — The last six drug take-back days sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency have collected nearly 2.8 million pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites across the country, drawing praise from a drug industry trade organization.

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association said it "strongly supports" the DEA's efforts, including the seventh annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which took place Saturday.

"The DEA's National Prescription Take-Back Day program is an excellent example of options for safe and accessible drug disposal available for patients," GPhA president and CEO Ralph Neas said. "While it is critical for every patient to take drugs as directed, it also is important for patients to dispose of unused medicines properly. With thousands of local fire stations, schools and law-enforcement departments participating, National Prescription Take-Back Day offers a simple, dependable way for consumers to find a local disposal site and drop off unused medications."

Many retailers also took part in the event, with Ahold USA and CVS/pharmacy highlighting their efforts.


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