National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 2021

The spring National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set to take place on April 24, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This twice-yearly event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and it allows for individuals to turn in unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medications for free, both safely and anonymously. This program is valuable, as turning in prescription drugs can help to reduce medication misuse and overdose deaths. In fact, the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. So, this is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and bring any of your unwanted, unused, or expired medications to one of the participating sites near you. Types of medications that are accepted include tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription medication. Only liquid medications, needles, and sharps cannot be accepted as part of this event.

After having to cancel last year’s spring Take Back Day due to coronavirus concerns, the most recent Take Back Day took place in October 2020. During this event, the DEA collected nearly 1 million pounds of prescription medication, which was the highest amount ever collected in the program’s 10-year history.

To find a Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site near you, please visit

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 US Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division at to locate a site near you.


Posted: March 2021

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