Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites

Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM Saturday, September 26, 2015, at participating locations nationwide. Pennsylvania and Delaware only will have their Take-Back event from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2015. A link to the DEA's list of participating sites will be posted after September 1, 2015.

During the last event, which was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, DEA collected 617,150 pounds (309 tons) of unwanted medication. On this day, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites across the country accepted tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of medicines, including prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications.

In four years and nine Take-Back Days, consumers have disposed of at least 4.8 million pounds (2,411 tons) of unwanted medication. The DEA provides a state-by-state breakdown (PDF) of the last Take-Back event. 

Consumers who are unable to visit a location on Take-Back Day can use AWARXE’s drug disposal locator tool, which allows consumers to search for disposal sites year round. Properly disposing of medications keeps medicine out of the hands of someone who might abuse them and also protects the environment.