Recently, the DEA had its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This program was initiated in 2009 to help reduce the nationwide opioid crisis by providing safe and secure disposal points for prescription medications. Nationally, the DEA and more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners collected a 912,305 pounds - 456 tons - of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons. According to Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson, "most people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance. The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen." Outdated, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Bartonville Police Department. There is a drop box for these items located in the lobby and is available at all times. Complete results for the DEA's fall Take Back Day are available at www.deatakeback.com. The DEA's next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28, 2018.