Consumers will have the opportunity to dispose of unneeded or unwanted medications during Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) 13thNational Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017. From 10 AM to 2 PM, consumers may safely dispose of unwanted medications at one of thousands of collection sites coordinated by DEA and provided by law enforcement agencies and community organizations in all 54 US states and jurisdictions. Additional information and a link to the DEA collection site locator are available in the Dispose Safely section of the AWARXE® Prescription Drug Safety program webpages on NABP’s website. 

Organized each year by DEA, this nationwide event is an opportunity for consumers to safely and legally dispose of unneeded medications, including prescription controlled substances, such as certain pain medications. The DEA Drug Take-Back Day is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information should be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events. DEA and its partners have collected over 7.1 million pounds (more than 3,500 tons) of pills during its previous 12 Take-Back events.