SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – 52 locations across Utah and thousands more across the nation collected un-used and expired medications Saturday. The DEA holds Drug Take Back Day twice each year to try and curb the prescription opioid epidemic.
The Salt Lake Police Department collected 50 pounds of medications in only four hours. Officer Doug Teerlink said, “The goal here is to try and keep the prescriptions out of the water supply and to keep people from storing them because when you store them they can fall into the wrong hands.”
The DEA has been collecting medications with this program for seven years now and have collected more than 4,000 tons of drugs; that’s roughly the equivalent of 20 blue whales. After pills are collected from the public, they are sent to the DEA who disposes of them.
If you missed the event but would like to get rid of medications, there are permanent drop-boxes at all hospitals, police stations, and most pharmacies. To find a drop-box near you, visit the DEA Take Back website.