Tim Duriso

Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston says it’s time again for “Spring cleaning,” time to clear out those cluttered medicine cabinets and dispose of old drugs during the 2017 DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. 

Featherston and area DEA agents are encouraging the public’s participation in the biannual event in an effort to deter prescription drug abuse and overdoses that are becoming more and more frequent. 

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A toxic national trend of pharmaceutical drug abuse is leaving a wide swath of death in its wake, and Southeast Texas is no exception, according to authorities.

“Oh, it’s here,” Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office investigator Marcelo Molfino told The Examiner. “Interstate 10 is a pipeline for drugs.”

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected almost 366 tons of prescription medication during its most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 22. Local DEA Agent Tim Duriso said in Southeast Texas, a whopping 600 pounds of prescription meds were collected.

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