Miami, FL - Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division (MFD), Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark R. Trouville announces the results of DEA’s Prescription Drug Take-Back. In just four hours, 4 ½ tons of prescription drugs were collected from over 140 sites across Florida. The collected drugs were safely disposed at the following four sites in Florida: Miami-Fort Lauderdale area - 1 ½ tons, Orlando – 1 ½ tons, Tampa – ½ ton, and Tallahassee – 1 ton.
“The proper destruction of tons of unwanted, unused drugs results in a safer medicine cabinet and a cleaner environment,” said MFD SAC Trouville. “When these drugs are disposed of properly, they cannot end up in the hands of abusers or our youth.”
Nationwide, 121 tons were collected and destroyed. Over 4,000 collection sites were set-up throughout the United States and its territories.
Following the success of this national program, Congress cleared legislation for the President that will allow DEA to create a framework for a permanent solution for prescription drug disposal. Currently, there are no legal means to transfer possession of certain prescription drugs for disposal. Until permanent regulations are in place, DEA will continue to hold one-day take-back programs.