ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Prescription drug abuse has become a huge health and safety concern in our country, particularly a threat to young people.

Last year, more than 121 tons of prescription drugs were dropped off at government sites around the country as part of a drug take-back day.

The drugs were most often legal drugs kept in family medical cabinets. A second annual drop-off day will be held this Saturday at sites throughout the metro area. 

“Prescription drug abuse cases are increasing and we want to prevent that abuse and get these drugs out of the hand of teens and children,” said Daniel Moren with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Sometimes I think it does take a nationwide event such as this to be able to highlight the importance of the very statistics that were reported. This is the number one growing trend of abuse,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.

To get information on drug drop off sites near you, click on the link below.

National Take Back Initiative Collection Site Search

Comments (9)
  1. PiLlPoPpIn AnImAl says:

    Pay us for them?

  2. Over my dead body! says:

    Try to take them from me!!!!!!!!!

  3. state speaker says:

    a bad economy means were just going to sell them. unless there’s a benefit for us to drop off were not going out of our way.

  4. Hoping We Can Become Better says:

    I find the comments on this story even more sad than our nationo’s economic state. They are (hopefully) jokes in poor taste, a mind set that is not productive for solution…and we blame the politicians…

  5. tom says:

    DEA, another overfunded governement welfare program

  6. Tom Miller says:

    We send our unused drugs to a group that has some medical people in Rochester who go through them. It then sends the usable drugs to Haiti (where medical supplies of all sorts are lacking).

    1. Mike says:

      Tom-Please post that information. I would much rather see my prescriptions going to use then the DEA using them for personal use.

  7. Will W. says:

    A member of our family was given a prescription for 50 tablets of a pain killer. Two were used. The cost out of pocket was small. The insurance program covered the remainder of the cost. Eventually these kinds of over prescribed drugs will have to be reflected in higher insurance premiums. I have to wonder why the MD authorized such an amount to be dispensed. Is there a relationship here between doctors and insurance companies and drug companies? Obviously, if fewer pills are prescribed, fewer unused pills will be available for the secondary market.

  8. River Phoenix says:

    How about a link that works??

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