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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – October 24, 2020

The US Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA’s) semiannual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is DEA’s 19th nationwide Take Back Day since its inception 10 years ago.

Unused prescription medications can be dropped at local collection sites. Note that sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, but can only accept pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

The aim is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

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