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DEA Announces 20th Take Back Day

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On the heels of largest collection to-date, federal, state and local partners prepare for April event.

REPRESENTATIVE MIKE GIALLOMBARDO TO PARTICIPATE IN CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKE BACK DAY WITH A 10:15 A.M. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AND REMARKS

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT DRIVE THROUGH DROP OFF LOCATION 1100 CULTURAL PARK BOULEVARD, CAPE CORAL, FL APRIL 24, 2021 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.

DATELINE – With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24th. At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.

Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539. For further information on the Cape Coral Police Department site, call the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free SWFL (239) 931-9317