National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 4/27 – Promoting Rx Safety

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. This is dangerous, often tragic and has become a significant public health issue. To address this concern and help prevent accidental poisoning, theft, or illicit trade of unused drugs or to prevent the contamination of waterways, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) organizes bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Days. These events allow Americans to dispose of unused prescription drugs safely and anonymously at collection sites across the country, ensuring individuals can dispose of their medications without fear of judgement or repercussions. Twice a year, thousands of people across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in a record amount of prescription drugs.

The impact of these events have been a huge success. For example, in April 2023, 332 tons of medications were collected at 4,955 collection sites nationwide, bringing the cumulative total to 8,650 tons of medications collected since the program’s inception in 2010.

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27, 2024 from 10am – 2pm. Use the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Location Finder Tool to find a location near you.

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Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.