Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Manhattan
The Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance, has decided to tackle the city’s increasing problem with prescription drug abuse. Vance and federal officials have announced the third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29. “Drug overdoses are killing more people in this country than car crashes. That means it’s the number one cause of accidental death. That means it’s ahead of gunshot wounds and ahead of car crashes, and these are mostly driven by prescription drugs, drugs coming out of the medicine cabinet,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “There are too many people who are overdosing, too many people dying from access to prescription drugs and pills,” said Vance.