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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: October 29, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.149

“The drug overdose epidemic in the United States is a clear and present public health, public safety, and national security threat. DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day reflects DEA’s commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

“DEA is committed to making our communities safer and healthier, and we can do this by reducing overdoses and overdose deaths. While the community does its part to turn in unneeded medications and remove them from potential harm, we are doing our part to further reduce drug-related violence.

On this webpage are resources to help you dispose of unneeded medications in your home, seek substance abuse treatment and learn more about the drug overdose epidemic in the United States.”

Key Stats

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. 

Note: The table above from <data.census.gov> is cropped and highlighted to show “Pharmacists.” Click on the table for more than 560 rows of occupations including pharmacy technicians (256,901), pharmacy aides (24,176), substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors (95,929), and mental health and substance abuse social workers (25,257).

More Stats

Source: 2004-2022 Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)

From Foreign Trade > U.S. International Trade Data:

After you create an account, select options for Harmonized System (HS) or HS, select Exports or Imports, type DRUG or PHARMACEUTICAL in the Commodity search box, then select options for geography and time. Select Report for data. More information can be found in the Quick Start Guide.

Source: 1992-2020 Annual Retail Trade Survey (ARTS)

  • NAICS 3254, Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  • NAICS 4242, Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
  • NAICS 44611, Pharmacies and Drug Stores
  • NAICS 62142, Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
  • NAICS 62221, Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • NAICS 62322, Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities

Source: 2013 and 2015 to 2019 Service Annual Survey (SAS). Each table below shows at least one of these 3 Codes:

  • NAICS 62142, Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
  • NAICS 62221, Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • NAICS 62322, Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities

Source: 2019 Nonemployer Statistics (NES).  

  • NAICS 3254, Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  • NAICS 4242, Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
  • NAICS 44611, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

Source: 2017 Economic Census.

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