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Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs on Saturday, October 26

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, misuse, and abuse.  To provide a means to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription medicines, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26.

Common methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.  Drug Disposal Days are implemented to ensure that unwanted medications are collected and destroyed using methods that are both legal and environmentally friendly.

Find a Collection Site near You

From 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, October 26, you can safely dispose of your expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at any drug take-back collection site. The service is free and anonymous - no questions asked.  Find a collection site near you.

If you cannot participate in the drug take-back event, follow these guidelines to dispose of your unused/unwanted medications.

Take unneeded medication out of the original container and mix it with garbage, coffee grounds, cat litter or sawdust. 

Place mixture in a disposable container, such as a sealable plastic bag.

Place sealed container in the trash.

Remove all personal information from empty medicine bottle and dispose of the bottle. 


Last Reviewed: 10/15/13