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Ohioans surrender 50,000 pounds of prescriptions during Drug Take Back day

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Late last month Ohioans were asked to participate in the annual Drug Take Back Day effort. 

According to the Drug Enforcement agency, Ohioans surrendered more than 50,000 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medications. 

The DEA and its law enforcement partners say they have now collected nearly 12 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medications over the course of 17 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events. 

During the 17th semiannual event on April 27, the Take Back initiative reportedly saw new records for the numbers of law enforcement partners, collection sites. 

According to a release, local, state, tribal and federal partners – more than 5,000 total – at nearly 6,400 collection sites, DEA collected and destroyed close to 469 tons of potentially dangerous unwanted drugs.

This reportedly brings the total amount of drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 11,816,393 pounds, or 5,908 tons.

The Detroit Field Division, servicing Michigan and Ohio collected a total of 75,514 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The state of Michigan collected 23,692 pounds and the state of Ohio 50,821 pounds.

"We know of many cases where leftover pain pills have led to an opioid addiction," U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said. "Properly disposing of these pills is one important step anyone can take to get involved in turning the tide on the opioid epidemic that has caused so much pain here in Ohio."
 

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