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National Take Back Day - Reducing Prescription Drugs in Circulation - April 26th 2014

Published: 2014-04-23 - Updated: 2016-06-11
Author: Passages Addiction Treatment Center | Contact: Phone: +1 (855) 878-8901

Synopsis: The nationwide take-back initiative provides safe collection of unused medication to prevent prescription drugs from being misused.

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When the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration opened the Office of Diversion Control, the goal was to curtail the steadily growing uptick of fatalities linked to prescription medication, by urging consumers to return unused portions of their prescriptions for safe disposal.


The National Take Back Initiative in the United States occurs twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. In 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, enough pharmaceuticals were prescribed to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month. Some of these prescriptions and over the counter drugs decay in the home and are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

April 26th 2014 marks the 8th nationwide take-back initiative in the US. In November 2013, citizens across the country turned in more than 600,000 pounds of expired or unused medication for proper disposal.

The Office of Diversion Control noted that the majority of abused prescription drugs are first obtained from either friends or family.

"At Passages, we support the safe collection of unused prescription medication because it prevents that medication from being misused," said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. "For individuals ready to stop their dependence on prescription medication, our treatment team does a good job at resolving chemical imbalances, which often drive dependence on drugs or alcohol."

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart reported that last year more than 4,000 agencies assisted in coordinating the event. This link allows you to find a collection site nearest to you. Nationwide take-back effort began in 2010 when Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

In the past, many people simply flushed unused medication down the toilet or tossed it out with the garbage. Both disposal methods have been shown to result in detectable traces of prescription medication in local water supplies, and are no longer considered safe.

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About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two drug, alcohol, and prescription abuse treatment centers ( offer an alternative to the 12 step/AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing a holistic program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and each have earned the coveted Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation's behavioral health treatment programs.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the "Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out" by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that "caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs and high-powered professionals among its clients."

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure . For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753.

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