Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Hauls in 780,158 Pounds of Unused Meds

The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, 2014, brought in the largest amount of unused drugs in Take-Back history, the agency stated in a press release. The level of consumer participation in the event shows the continued need for a means of safe, legal disposal of unused medications, including prescription controlled substances.

More than 6,000 locations were provided during the eighth Take-Back Day, and 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of unneeded medications were collected, indicates DEA. The eight Take-Back Days combined collected a total of 4.1million pounds (2,123 tons) of unneeded prescription drugs, helping to prevent diversion, misuse, and abuse of the drugs. DEA has been holding take-back days twice each year, once in spring and once in fall, since 2010.

AWARXE encourages consumer participation in the biannual DEA Drug Take-Back events and the AWARXE website provides information about the importance of safe drug disposal in helping to curb prescription drug abuse year round.