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Pacific Northwest Turns in Over 16 Tons on National Take-Back Day

Posted: Updated: - The Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last Saturday was a success. Pacific northwest residents turned in over 16 tons of drugs, two more tons than the previous year.

Officers in Washington collected over seven tons at 90 different collection sites. Residents in Oregon turned in over five tons of drugs at 55 different collection sites.

Officers collected 371 tons of drugs through the U.S. That number is up 50 percent from the amount collected last year.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.   That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.