Take Back Day Collects Almost 1 Million Pounds of Meds

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

(November 6) Drop off locations across the country collected almost 1 million pounds of unused or expired medication during the October 24 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event. This the largest amount in the event's history!

Take Back Day, which is usually held twice a year, is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. 

Due to COVID-19, spring's Take Back Day was canceled.

person depositing meds at drop off locationMany young people who misuse prescription meds get them from family or friends. So emptying out your medicine cabinets and removing potentially dangerous substances in your home makes a difference.

And proper drug disposal shouldn't end on Take Back Day.

“Every day is Take Back Day and we encourage the public to continue to address this urgent safety and public health issue by using the thousands of existing drop-off locations throughout the year,” DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea said.


Get more Take Back Day stats.

Learn how to properly dispose of unused/expired meds.

Visit the official Take Back Day website to find out where you can drop off your unused meds year round.


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