Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites

DEA Take-Back Day Offers Disposal for Prescription Drugs on April 26

Use DEA's online site locator to find a disposal site near you.

This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers residents a chance to get rid of pills, cough syrup, and other unwanted medications that have been piling up around their homes during the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

Held from 10 AM to 2 PM on April 26, 2014, the event is one of the few days of the year where residents can drop off expired or unused prescription medications without having to wonder whether they will be accepted—even controlled substances, such as ADHD drugs, are taken. The DEA has coordinated with state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, which must be present to accept controlled substances, to make the event possible.

The DEA offers an online locator so that local disposal sites can be easily found. Check in often, because sites will be added until the day of the event.

Past Take-Back Day events have been hugely successful, collecting more than 3 million pounds, or 1,733 tons, of prescription medications.  In addition to offering free, anonymous, and convenient disposal, the Take-Back Day also educates the public about how medications can be misused or abused.

The DEA offers additional resources for how to safely dispose of unused medicines. The AWARXE website also has comprehensive information about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and proper disposal methods.