GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

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Please Click Here to read more information on the GBI’s efforts to combat the abuse of prescription drugs.

The DEA is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. Not only is the DEA the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it also has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing U.S. drug investigations abroad (Wikipedia). Of course the DEA plays a most crucial role in addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Georgia. The greatest impact to the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative (GPDAPI) by the DEA pertains to drug disposal law. The DEA has taken the lead across this country in providing “One Day Collection Events”.

The DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Click here to learn more about the upcoming DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can be a great way to kick-off your community’s program and gauge the initial support and understanding of the issue. It also presents an opportunity to engage with the public and provide additional information on the benefits of eliminating the use of these products and chemicals. These events can be very attractive to industry and healthcare partners as a way to support their local community. The DEA also sets the boundaries as it pertains to setting up Drug Collection Units in the community. As these 24 hour accessible Units are placed in law enforcement facilities all across Georgia, it is the DEA that has ultimate jurisdiction over these Units and how they are used.