DEA hits goal for Drug Take Back
The more than 150 pounds worth of unwanted drugs collected last month in the Santa Clarita Valley as part of the Drug Take Back program helped the Drug Enforcement Administration surpass its goal of collecting 10 million pounds of drugs.
“With the robust participation of Americans nationwide, DEA and its law enforcement partners have now surpassed its 10-million-pound goal and collected nearly 11 million pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 successful DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back events,” DEA Special Agent in Charge David J. Downing said in news release issued by the DEA on Monday.
During the 16th semiannual event on Oct. 27, DEA and federal, state and local partners disposed of more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications collected at nearly 6,000 sites across the country.
“Together with almost 5,000 local, state and federal partners, DEA collected and destroyed more than 457 tons of potentially dangerous leftover prescription drugs,” Downing said.
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds, or 5439.5 tons — 150 pounds of which came from SCV residents participating in the program on Oct. 27.
“The results of our most recent Take Back Day clearly demonstrate a need for this initiative as a tool in the fight against America’s opioid crisis,” DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said.
“The success of this event is a direct reflection of DEA’s commitment to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in the U.S. Together, we are all helping to make a difference to keep our friends and families safe,” he said.
DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division, which encompasses seven counties in Southern California, the states of Nevada and Hawaii, the territory of Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, joined with more than 100 law enforcement and community partners to collect 28,675 pounds of prescription medications at 151 collection sites.
In the Los Angeles area, local law enforcement agencies from Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties collected 19,886 pounds of prescription drugs.