National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 23rd | 10am-2pm

On October 23, you can return all unused, out-of-date prescription medications to drug stores for proper and anonymous disposal. 

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, sometimes those hands belong to children. If a child finds unused drugs in your home and takes them, the outcome could be tragic. Returning unused meds is an easy action on your part that could prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in your community — more importantly, your home. 

Go to to find a drop-off pharmacy near you. All steps in this process are anonymous and confidential. The only focus of TAKE BACK DAY is the proper destruction of old prescription drugs.

Drop Off Locations for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day can be found at TAKEBACKDAY.DEA.GOV. There are year round sites and those specifically set for October 23. To locate a drop off site set up specifically for October 23, 10a – 2p, follow these instructions: 

►  Go to TAKEBACKDAY.DEA.GOV and click the Collection Site locator tab.

If this is not possible: 
►  Contact your school nurse and find out locations. 
►  Contact your local pharmacy for drop-off site information
►  Check with your local law enforcement to see if they have been set up to host a collection site. 

Questions? Contact Robin Powell. Thank you for preparing to participate in NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY! 


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