Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites

The final Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. On this day, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites across the country accepted tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication, including prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications. 

DEA announced that this was the last Take-Back Day after it recently finalized a rule that will allow authorized registrants to collect controlled substances for disposal. Now, the public may dispose of controlled substance medications at pharmacies and long-term care facilities, and through mail-back programs, provided these facilities are DEA registrants and obtain approval to become authorized collectors. Learn more about the new rules from this DEA fact sheet.

To date, consumers have disposed of at least 4.1 million pounds of unwanted medication during previous DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. During the eighth DEA Take-Back event on April 26, 2014, more than 6,000 locations provided take-back services across the United States.