Attorney General announces program to fight prescription drug abuse - KMOV.com

Attorney General announces program to fight prescription drug abuse

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a new “take-back” program to help combat prescription drug abuse.

“As Attorney General, and as a parent, I am committed to ending to national epidemic that has already stolen too many lives and torn apart too many families,” Holder said. “Prescription drug addiction and abuse represent nothing less, nothing less, than a public health crisis.”

The program will authorize pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities to serve as official drop-off sites for unused and expired prescription drugs.

Pharmacies will also have locked drop boxes where patients can leave old medications. Pre-paid envelopes will also be available at drug stores, libraries, and community center. The DEA will be responsible for disposing of the drugs.

The new program is expected to start in October.

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