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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.
 

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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: 4,427
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,144
  • Total Weight Collected:  721,093 lbs. (360 Tons)
  • Total Weight All Time: 15,989,566 lbs. (7,995 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 22nd National Take Back Day.

  • 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 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 opioids 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. Narcan can be used on both adults and children and can be administered by first responders, family members, or caregivers.