Mark your Calendars for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is scheduled for October 28, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at participating locations. The previous Take Back Day in April 2017 collected 450 Tons of drug products at nearly 5,500 collection sites around the country.

Visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/SEARCH-NTBI to find a disposal site near you.

Bring your unused, expired, and unwanted medication to a site near you. It is important to dispose of medication properly to reduce the risk of harm from taking an expired medication, accidental exposure, and intentional misuse.

Different medications can be disposed of in different ways. Most medication can be disposed of at registered take-back locations. Some locations may have individual limitations on medication that they can accept, but medications and supplies that should be excluded from this process include:

  • Controlled substances (though police stations may be able to handle the disposal of these medications)
  • Needles and syringes
  • Diabetic testing supplies
  • IV bags and tubing
  • Biohazard material

Diabetic testing supplies and needles can be disposed of at home using an opaque container such as a laundry detergent bottle. Make sure the bottle is sealed tightly and dispose of it in the trash.

PHSI supports efforts to remove unused or expired medication to reduce harm to consumers.