UNITE disposes of over 1 ton of drugs
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Operation Unite announced this morning; over 1 ton of outdated or unwanted medication was collected and safely disposed of as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend.
“A total of 2,123 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter pills has been sent for proper disposal by incineration,” said Nancy Hale, UNITE president and CEO. “That is a lot of medication that will not be available for misuse or abuse – and it won’t result in negative health and environmental effects of antibiotics, hormones, painkillers, depressants and stimulants making their way into our water system and soil.”
“We took in 741,000 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs in over 5,000 locations throughout the United States,” said Chuck Rosenbuerg, DEA Acting Administrator “By some estimates only about 10 percent of that haul are opioids. Even if that’s true, even if it’s only 10 percent, that’s 74,000 pounds of opioids. So it only makes sense to do it again and again and again. This is an unmitigated good.”
Operation UNITE has helped establish the permanent medication dropbox sites starting in October 2012. With this weekend’s collection, UNITE has now collected 14,207.7 pounds of medications – more than 7 tons.