Welcome

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

 

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Collection Site Locator

Year-Round Drug Disposal

Missed Take Back Day? Click here to locate an authorized collector in your area.

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Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

These PSAs are meant to encourage participation in DEA's Take Back Day and to educate viewers about the importance of disposing of any unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications in your house.

DEA National Rx Takeback

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs.

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National Take Back Day Results

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,276
  • Total Collection Sites: 4,982
  • Total Weight Collected:  744,082 lbs. (372 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 21st National Take Back Day.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,425
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,060
  • Total Weight Collected:  839,543 lbs. (420 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 20th National Take Back Day.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,153
  • Total Collection Sites: 4,587
  • Total Weight* Collected:  985,392 lbs. (492.7 Tons)

*Collection results may include materials other than prescription drugs.

Click here for additional details about the 19th National Take Back Day.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,896
  • Total Collection Sites: 6,174
  • Total Weight Collected: 882,919 lbs.  (441.5 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 18th National Take Back Day.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,969
  • Total Collection Sites: 6,258
  • Total Weight Collected: 937,443 lbs.  (468.72 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 17th National Take Back Day.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,770
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,839
  • Total Weight Collected: 914,236 lbs.  (457.12 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 16th National Take Back Day.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,683
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,842
  • Total Weight Collected: 949,046 lbs. (474.5 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 15th National Take Back Day.

Results: April 2016 11th National Take Back

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,264
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,359
  • Total Weight Collected: 893,498 lbs. (447 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 11th National Take Back Day.

 

Results: October 2016 12th National Take Back

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can can help some people struggling with addiction sustain recovery.  Treatment should include access to the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options of methadone, buprenorphine, or extended-release naltrexone, which are effective for both prescription opioid and heroin addiction. 

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Naloxone

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Naloxone is an opioid receptor antagonist that rapidly binds to opioid receptors, blocking heroin from activating them. An appropriate dose of naloxone acts in less than two minutes and completely eliminates all signs of opioid intoxication to reverse an opioid overdose. Between 1996 and 2014, naloxone reportedly reversed over 26,000 overdoses. Narcan can be used on both adults and children and can be administered by first responders, family members, or caregivers.