The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada, reports the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have now surpassed its 10 million pound goal nationwide to collect unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications over the course of 16 National Prescription Drug Take Back events.

The DEA and federal, state and local partners collected more than 900,000 pounds of prescription medications at almost 6,000 sites across the country in October. They destroyed more than 457 tons of potentially dangerous leftover prescription drugs.

The total amount of prescription drugs collected by the DEA since the fall of 2010 is now at 10,878,950 pounds, or 5439.5 tons.

Nevadans turned in a total of 4,455 pounds at 24 sites throughout the state in October.

“The results of our most recent Take Back Day clearly demonstrate a need for this initiative as a tool in the fight against America’s opioid crisis,” said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “The success of this event is a direct reflection of DEA’s commitment to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in the U.S. Together, we are all helping to make a difference to keep our friends and families safe.”

“Take Back Day events continue to provide an opportunity for citizens to safely remove unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications from their homes,” said U.S. Attorney Elieson. “Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. I am grateful to every Nevadan who cleaned out their medicine cabinets and to our law enforcement partners who participated.”

Nevada law enforcement that participated included Carson City Sheriff's Office, Wsahoe County Sheriff's Office, the Reno Police Department and more.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Days were put in place to give residents the opportunity to remove opioids and other medicines from their homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors. The events help to provide a way to appropriately dispose of leftover painkillers and other potentially dangerous drugs. 

The DEA is working to reduce addictions and overdose deaths from opioid medications by helping the public dispose of their prescriptions properly.

For state by state totals, visit this link here:https://takebackday.dea.gov/sites/default/files/NTBI%20XVI%20Totals.pdf

For more information on Drug Take Back Days, visit www.deatakeback.com.

(The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada contributed to this report).