National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 23

Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2021

Take Back Day logoNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. 

The April 2021 Take Back Day brought in 839,543 lbs. (420 Tons) of medication. Get more details about the most recent Take Back Day numbers.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to nearly 14,524,391 pounds​.

The next Take Back Day will be in the fall of this year. But 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.  Read more about ways to secure your meds and safely dispose of them at home.


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