LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – As the number of deaths from opioid overdose increases during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th day of withdrawal on April 24th.
DEA’s October 2020 Take Back Day brought a record amount of expired, unused prescription drugs, with the public shedding nearly 500 tons of unwanted drugs.
In the ten years of Take Back Day, DEA claims to have imported more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.
With studies suggesting that most abused prescription drugs come from family members and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, it’s important to get rid of any unused medication.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US has seen an increase in deaths from overdose during the COVID-19 pandemic. 87,200 Americans died from overdosing (Sept. 1, 2020) in a period of one year (September 1, 2019 to 2015), the highest in a 12-month period. The surge in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin before the COVID-19 health emergency and accelerated significantly in the first few months of the pandemic.
“DEA and our local colleagues hope to provide our community with a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted prescriptions that may be misused and misused in the home,” said Dan Neill, Las Vegas deputy special envoy. “We appreciate the community’s support in keeping these prescription drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our children.”
“Take Back Day provides an important opportunity to fight the opioid crisis in Nevada, as the road to addiction too often begins with first-time abusers experimenting with legally prescribed prescription opioids found in homes,” said the incumbent US official Lawyer Christopher Chiou. “Our office urges Nevadans to use the DEA’s free and anonymous collections so unused prescription drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands and are accidentally poisoned, misused, or overdosed.”
“It is important to protect our own homes by regularly cleaning medicine cabinets and any other area where we store our medicines,” said Acting Administrator D. Christopher Evans. “Taking unused or expired medication to a local collection point for safe disposal will help protect your loved ones and the environment.”
The public can drop potentially dangerous prescription drugs at collection points that comply with local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of all attendees and local law enforcement agencies.
DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes, and other sharp objects, and illegal drugs are not accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaporizers and cartridges at dispensing points provided the lithium batteries are removed.
Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce addiction and curb deaths from overdose.
Clark County Collection Locations:
840 S. Rancho Dr.
North Las Vegas, NV 89106
1807 W. Craig Rd.
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
NLVPD NW Area Command
3755 W. Washburn Rd
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
LVMPD NW Area Command
9850 West Cheyenne Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
LVMPD NE Area Command
3750 Cecile Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
Henderson Police Station
300 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012
LVMPD Overton Sub-Station
320 North Moapa Valley Blvd.
Overton, NV 89040
For more information about the event, visit deatakeback.com or call 800-882-9539.