National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Based on the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs in the previous year, a slight decline from the numbers reported in 2018. Having unused medications at home has been shown to contribute to this misuse. The previous Take Back Day scheduled for April 25, 2020 was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, which may have left you or your patients with medications to get rid of. This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. Take your pills and patches for disposal to the event on October 24th. Sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. The drug take back service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held in October of 2019 collected 441.5 tons of medication at 6,174 participating sites across the country.

You can search for a participating Drug Take Back Day disposal site near you by visiting

If you are unable to attend the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, you can dispose of your medications at a year-round pharmaceutical disposal location. Visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division at to locate a site near you.



Posted October 2020

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