National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a designated day for dropping off prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed. Many people find that they do not use all the medications that they are prescribed. These medications can sometimes include drugs that can be dangerous or addictive, including drugs such as opioids, certain sleeping medications or certain anxiety medications. Many people who have an addiction to these types of medications obtain them from other people who were prescribed them. National Take Back Day offers a way for people to dispose of these potentially dangerous medications and help remove this potential method of encouraging addiction.

National Take Back Day Date and Time

National Take Back Day occurs twice each year, with the next scheduled day being April 27, 2019 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The second event is normally hosted in October. National Take Back Day is run by the Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, a Federal agency that controls medications and drugs used and sold within the United States. The DEA uses a no-questions-asked policy when collecting drugs during National Take Back Day and encourages people to use this day as an opportunity to discard old or extra medications.

National Take Back Day Restrictions

While the DEA does have a no-questions-asked policy on the drugs disposed of during National Take Back Day, there are certain restrictions on what can be disposed of. Restrictions include:

  • No medications packaged with needles or sharps
  • No medications stored in pressurized containers
  • No mercury thermometers
  • No medications containing iodine
  • No illegal medications

The temporary collections sites will offer collection of any drugs or substances that are not specifically prohibited.

    

Getsmartaboutdrugs.gov. “Take Back Day is April 27.” March 20, 2019. Access March 26, 2019.

DEA.gov. “Take Back Day.” 2019. Access March 26, 2019.

Google Earth. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” 2019. Accessed March 26, 2019.

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