An Easy Way To Curb Substance Abuse

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Are you looking for more ways to help stop substance abuse in your community?

You can start by encouraging your patients to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Twice each year, the DEA puts on Drug Take Back Day to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous way for people to dispose of their unused prescription drugs. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at locations throughout the state.

The Texas Medical Association supports community programs such as take back days as part of its policy on addressing prescription drug abuse and overdose.

Since the first event in 2010, more 800,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in Texas, DEA reported. In October of last year, 67,494 pounds were collected at 344 Texas collection sites, which included physician practices, community health centers, and hospitals, in addition to police stations, schools, and other private businesses.

TMA encourages you to be part of the effort; you can find more information, posters, social media graphics, and other handouts on DEA's website.

Last Updated On

April 26, 2019

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