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ADA supports April 30 Drug Take Back Day

April 25, 2016

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — For the fifth year in a row, the Association has signed on to support the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, a yearly campaign that asks consumers to turn over their unused prescriptions for safe disposal.

In a letter to Charles Rosenberg, acting administrator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays and Executive Director Kathleen T. O'Loughlin expressed their "enthusiastic support" for the initiative.

Opioid pain medications, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, are a leading source of drug abuse among teens and adults.

"As prescribers of opioid pain medications, dentists have a role to play in preventing their abuse, misuse, and diversion," they wrote. "One way is to counsel parents on how to safely secure and dispose of unused medications. Another is to tell patients about National Prescription Drug Take-Back events and prescription drug disposal sites in their area."

The 11th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 30, at collection sites across the country. Visit the DEA website for more information.

For more information about opioids, including upcoming webinars and subscriber tips, visit ADA.org/opioids.