Across the United States, law enforcement agencies are collecting unused prescription medication to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “Diversion of opioid painkillers, in particular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem. Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”
The drug overdose epidemic in the United States is a clear and present public health, public safety, and national security threat. DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day reflects DEA’s commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.
DEA is committed to making our communities safer and healthier, and we can do this by reducing overdoses and overdose deaths. While the community does its part to turn in unneeded medications and remove them from potential harm, we are doing our part to further reduce drug-related violence.
On this webpage are resources to help you dispose of unneeded medications in your home, seek substance abuse treatment and learn more about the drug overdose epidemic in the United States.DEA website
To search for a collection site locator near you, click here.
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- Drug database
- Find out as much as you can about illegal and legal drugs and their effects on your body and brain. The more informed you are, the more confidently you can make the right decision about drugs.
- Drug scheduling
- Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential.
- Year-round drug disposal
- Missed Take Back Day? Locate an authorized collector in your area.
- Partnership toolbox
- Download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
- Law enforcement agencies
- For law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site, find the Point of Contact (POC) in your area.