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Paulsen Urges Minnesotans to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today urged Minnesotans to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, taking place this Saturday, April 28th and sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Local collection sites where residents can safely drop off unneeded prescription medications include the Eden Prairie Senior Center, the Wayzata Fire Department and the Bloomington Police Department.

A recent survey indicated that more than 60% of teen addicts say that home medicine cabinets are their main source for drugs.

“The opioid epidemic is ravaging the United States, and Minnesota is no exception,” said Congressman Paulsen.“More than 115 Americans die each day from opioid addiction and overdose. One way we can fight it is by safely disposing of unused or unneeded drugs. Sites all across Minnesota will be accepting unwanted medications so they don’t fall into someone else’s hands. It could well save the life of a loved one.”

“I encourage all Minnesotans to take a look in their medicine cabinets and see if they have unneeded painkillers. Families can visit TakebackDay.DEA.Gov to find a site near them,” Paulsen said.

According to the DEA, its last Take Back Day held in October of 2017 recovered more than 900,000 pounds of unneeded medications across more than 5,300 collection sites nationwide.

 

WHAT: National Drug Take Back Day

WHEN: Saturday, April 28th, 2018

WHERE: Locations Across Minnesota

Visit TakeBackDay.DEA.Gov to find a location near you