Spring DEA Take Back Day Announced

On Saturday, April 27th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host one of its bi-annual National Rx Take Back Days. DEA will set up disposal sites across the country for unneeded prescription drugs to limit diversion and misuse. In October 2023, DEA had 4,675 collection sites across the country which collected 599,879 (300 tons) of returned drugs. Since its creation in 2010, the DEA has collected 17,900,351 pounds (8950 tons) of unused pills. In October, DEA Administrator Ann Milgram noted, “I encourage everyone to take advantage of …National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is just one of the ways we can work together to protect the people we love… DEA is proud to work with so many dedicated state and local partners to establish safer and healthier communities.” To find a location near you, click here.

Articles & Resources

DEA—Take Back Day Resources

What We Read Last Week

Several articles were published last week pertaining to the opioid epidemic, covering a variety of different components of the topic. Links to relevant articles are provided below.

Axios—New grant fights substance abuse with local art

KFF—SUD Treatment in Medicaid: Variation by Service Type, Demographics, States and Spending

Politico—Why Portland failed where Portugal succeeded in decriminalizing drugs

Sagely Speaking—Michael Braun, COO of the Drug Enforcement Agency

STAT—The War on Recovery Part 4

The Hill—Addiction treatment in prison is a crucial part of solving the opioid crisis


This Week’s Calendar

In the week ahead, there are no relevant events or hearings noticed at this time. In the event that there are any changes to the schedule for this week, we will make additional information available.

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