National Prescription Drug Take Back DayLast Updated: Friday, November 6, 2020
National 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 October 2020 Take Back Day brought in 985,392 pounds (492.7 tons) of medication. This is the largest amount ever collected in the program’s ten years!
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to nearly 13.7 million pounds. Read more about the most recent Take Back Day totals here.
Check DEA's official Take Back Day website for more information and to find year-round collection sites near you.
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.
Learn more about the dangers of prescription medications and teens by reading Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine.
Learn how to properly dispose of prescription medication.