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Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs
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Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

ATLANTA -- The third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29 was a huge success in Georgia.

Participants turned in about 3,794.35 pounds of unwanted and expired medication for safe disposal at numerous sites across the state.

This amount exceeded the weight of the drugs collected at the second event in April, which was about 3,509 pounds.

"The total number of drugs taken back in Georgia speaks volumes about the problem of unused and unneeded prescriptions, the danger they pose to the community and the communities' commitment to making prescription drug abuse a top priority in the state," John Comer, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at an all-time high. More Americans abuse these drugs than the number of those who use cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants -- combined. The majority of teenagers who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from friends, family members and their home medicine cabinets for free. 

However, many Americans do not know how to safely dispose of prescription drugs, which is why take-back events are so important.

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