1,651 pounds of medication collected in South Dakota on DEA’s Take Back Day
RAPID CITY, S.D. — April 24 was the 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where unused, expired, and unwanted medications can be turned over for safe and anonymous disposal. The goal is to help prevent addiction and potential overdose by removing those prescription pills from homes.
South Dakota reported 1,651 pounds of medication collected by 23 law enforcement partners across 27 sites statewide. More than 5,000 such collection sites were open nationwide, with 419.7 tons of medication collected total.
“Take Back Day is important as it allows us the opportunity to provide a safe and anonymous way for people to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications,” Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King said. “It also gives us the chance to educate people on the potential dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription medications. These are important messages that we want to make people aware of in our communities.”
The DEA and it’s law enforcement partners has collected 14,524,391 pounds of medication since the Take Back Initiative began in 2010.
Every day is Take Back Day, with more than 11,000 year-round sites authorized for collection nationwide.