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  2. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring a National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day on September 25, 2010, from 10 A.M.-2 P.M. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
    Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules will be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
    The National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day is a nation-wide event provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical substance abuse, while providing a secure and environmentally friendly outlet for disposal that will protect our water resources.
    Easy access and stockpiling of medications has led to an increase in the number of people in Colorado abusing and becoming addicted to prescription drugs. In 2008, 562 Coloradans died from abuse of prescription drugs, three times more than died in drunken driving-related crashes. Both nationally and locally, 20% to 30% of high school students report using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them, the majority easily obtained from friends and family medicine cabinets.
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