Justice expands prescription drug return program

September 8, 2014 2:43 PM

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Justice expands prescription drug return program

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder announced an expansion of a prescription drug return program Monday that would allow hospitals, pharmacies and other entities to accept excess drugs, including opioid pain relievers that have contributed to thousands of overdose deaths.

"As recently as 2011, more than half of the 41,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths in the United States involved prescription drugs — and opioid pain relievers were involved in nearly 17,000 of those deaths,'' he said. "Nearly 110 Americans died every day that year from drug overdoses.

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