DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 22, 2023

Original article published by DOT

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. In addition, Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed previous events or have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs to dispose of those medications easily and safely.

For more information, including a Collection Site Locator, public service announcements, resources and treatment information, please visit DEA’s website https://takebackday.dea.gov/.


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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 24

First published by  Get Smart About Drugs. 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Do you have unused or expired prescription medication in your home? If so, there’s a chance they could get into the wrong hands.

Clean out your cabinets, and drop off your meds at a designated location near you this Saturday, October 24, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during Take Back Day.

This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.

The October 2019 Take Back Day brought in 882,919 pounds (almost 442 tons) of unused or expired prescription medication and vape devices.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to nearly 12.7 million pounds​. Read more about the most recent Take Back Day totals here.

Check DEA’s official Take Back Day website for more information and to find year-round collection sites near you.

In the Meantime… What Should You Do With Your Unused Meds?

Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances.

You can make a difference by keeping track of the medicine you have, by rethinking where and how you keep your medications in your home, and by safely disposing of any unused medications.

Don’t Share

Keep track of your legally prescribed controlled substances – that is, count your pills so you always know how much you should have and so you know when to take action if any go missing.  With controlled substances, sharing is NOT caring. You could be putting your loved ones at risk, and unintentionally contribute to drug misuse, drug addiction, or a fatal drug overdose. Read more about ways to secure your meds and safely dispose of them at home.


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DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: October 26, 2019

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to dispose of those medications easily and safely.

For more information, including a Collection Site Locator, public service announcements, resources and treatment information, please visit DEA’s website https://takebackday.dea.gov/.