Option 2: DEA Nationwide Drug Take-Back Sites

Next National Prescription Drug Take-Back to be Held on September 27, 2014

Since 2010, Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative has collected a total of 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of unneeded medications, helping to prevent diversion, misuse, and abuse of the drugs. Held twice each year, once in spring and once in fall, the days offer safe and legal disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including prescription controlled substances.

DEA coordinates with local and regional law enforcement agencies across the country to set up disposal sites during each Take-Back Day. During the eighth, and latest, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26, 2014, disposal sites collected the largest amount of unused drugs in Take-Back history, the agency stated in a press release. More than 6,000 locations participated in the eighth Take-Back Day, and 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of unneeded medications were collected, reports DEA. The level of consumer participation in the event shows the continued need for a means of safe, legal disposal of unused medications. The next Take-Back Day will be held on September 27, 2014.

AWARXE has encouraged consumer participation in the DEA Drug Take-Back events through social media campaigns. The AWARXE website provides information about the importance of safe drug disposal in helping to curb prescription drug abuse year round.