Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites

DEA's Collection Site Locator is Now Available

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator is now available online, allowing consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications on Saturday, September 27, 2014. On this day from 10 AM to 2 PM, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be available across the country, and consumers are encouraged to use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications, which can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present.

This will be the final Take-Back Day, as DEA recently finalized a rule that will allow authorized registrants to collect controlled substances for disposal. 

The take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, DEA reminds consumers. Participating sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into bins provided at the locations. Check the DEA collection site locator often, as new locations will be added until September 27, 2014.

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.