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6 tons of prescription meds collected during 'take back' event

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

More than 12,000 pounds of prescription medications were collected statewide during a recent take-back event.

Arizonans were given the chance to dispose of their unwanted or expired medications during the one-day event April 26, the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

When added to the collections of previous Take-Back events, DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement partners have removed an excess of 35 tons of medications from circulation, DEA said. 

The non-medical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time high, with 6.8 million Americans reporting having abused prescription drugs in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health released in 2013.

That same study revealed more than 54 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

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