Turn in expired, unused, unwanted medicines on Take Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducts its popular Take Back Day event April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the country. This is the 13th prescription drug take back event in seven years, continuing the DEA’s focus on preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have collected over 7.1 million pounds – more than 3,500 tons – of pills.
To participate, bring expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to a collection site near you. Only bring pills or patches. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked and is a great alternative to disposal of unused medicines since flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.