Participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is quickly approaching! Gather your unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs to dispose of safely during the upcoming event.

When: April 28, 2018 – 10AM to 2PM

Where: A list of DeKalb County collection sites can be found here. For other counties, collection sites near you can be located here.

What is Prescription Drug Take Back Day?

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims 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.”

When Does Prescription Drug Take Back Day Occur?

The DEA hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Days twice a year (in April and October).

Why is Prescription Drug Take Back Day important?

Most people who abuse prescription opioids get them for free from a friend or relative (CDC). Also, a common misperception among youth is that prescription drugs are safer or less harmful than other drugs. In the past year, 2/3 of teens who misused pain relievers report that they got them from family and friends, including their home’s medicine cabinets (SAMHSA). The best way to ensure your prescription drugs are not used in a way that is unsafe or illegal is to dispose of them.

How can I dispose of my medications if I miss the event?

If you miss the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day, you can also locate a year-round drug disposal collection site near you here. In addition, there are safe ways to dispose of your medications at home, which are detailed here.


We hope you can attend the upcoming event! If you’re committed to doing your part to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse, please consider sharing that commitment with us by signing our pledge.

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