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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Help prevent drug abuse. Take back unneeded medications for safe disposal.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 27
10 AM-2 PM

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

To learn more about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, watch a special message from federal leaders. If there is no take back event near you, please visit Google Maps to find your nearest year-round disposal point. If you still can't find a location, mailback programs are another option.

It's important to safely dispose of unneeded medication

Help keep your loved ones safe
Help keep your loved ones safe
50% of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from a friend or family member.
Make drug disposal a habit
Make drug disposal a habit
Join your neighbors in adding to the 11 million pounds collected through previous Take Back Days, and help keep your household and community safe.
Find local Take Back events
Find local Take Back events
On Saturday, April 27, between 10 AM and 2 PM, collection sites across the US will take all kinds of medications, no questions asked. Use this map to find a convenient location.

Jacqueline's Story

Her son Adam died from a heroin overdose. Now a Parent Coach with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, she's asking everyone to properly dispose of unneeded medication.

Jacqueline's Story

Her son Adam died from a heroin overdose. Now a Parent Coach with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, she's asking everyone to properly dispose of unneeded medication.

To learn more about helping your child who is struggling with prescription drug abuse, visit the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids or call 855-DRUGFREE (también disponible en español)

Multiply your impact. Help spread the word to your friends and family today.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Four reasons why safe drug disposal matters

Environmental Risks

According to the EPA, most water treatment facilities cannot filter out drugs. Medicines that are poured down the drain can enter our environment and community drinking water supplies.

Accidental Use

Accidental drug overdose is one of the most common sources of household injury. Young children are especially at risk. A key part of securing drugs is disposing of them when they are no longer needed.

Health Risks

Keeping drugs in the home beyond the time when they are needed poses health risks. Expired drugs may not only be ineffective, they can be harmful to the user.

Intentional Misuse

Prescription drugs can be used to get high. The primary source for the medicines teens misuse is the medicine cabinet. Research has shown that brain development continues into the twenties-early drug use may have an impact on this development.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Will I be asked for my ID?
FAQs

No, prescription drug take back is always anonymous, no questions asked. You are also encouraged to black out your name on prescription bottles or simply empty out prescription bottles.

Is this the only time I can safely dispose of drugs?
FAQs

No! Thankfully there are thousands of permanent locations in the US where you can drop off unneeded medication for proper disposal, such as pharmacies, police stations, and hospitals. Many of them are listed in Google Maps, and we're adding more all the time. Simply search for "drug disposal" on Google Maps for locations near you.

What happens to my pills once I drop them off?
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After collection ends, all collected pills are securely stored and transported to a safe location for destruction. Typically, pills are incinerated.

What if I throw away drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet?
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It's best to bring them for proper disposal on Take Back Day or at a permanent location. If you still can't find a location, mailback programs are another option. If you can't avail of any of those options though, the FDA guidelines for medicine disposal options say to mix the medicine with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and discard in a separate, sealed container. Remember to protect your privacy and scratch out your personal information on the original container.

How do I set up a take back event in my community?
FAQs

If you've looked at the map and see an unmet need, it's straightforward to set up your own event for the next Take Back Day in October 2019. Michigan OPEN has put together a step-by-step planning guide here that you're welcome to follow.

Where can I turn for help with an addiction?
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Free, confidential support (English and Spanish) is available:

  • For caregivers of children struggling with substance abuse, contact the Parent Helpline at 855-DRUGFREE.
  • The SAMHSA National Helpline provides treatment referral and information for individuals and families at 1-800-662-HELP anytime.
  • If you are in need of immediate or emergency services, please call 911 or a 24-hour crisis hotline such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).