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DEA teams up to remove unneeded prescription medications from communities

WASHINGTON – Communities across the country demonstrated their continued support for DEA’s bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 29, by safely disposing of more than 647,000 pounds of unneeded medications at nearly 5,000 collection sites across the country.

Since its inception in 2010, DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day has removed almost 17 million pounds of unneeded medications from communities across the country.

“The Take Back campaign is part of DEA’s continued efforts to protect our communities and create healthier environments by offering the safe disposal of medications,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said. “We appreciate the community support we see during these events and encourage everyone to remove unneeded medications from their home.”

DEA continues to expand opportunities to make safe disposal of medications more accessible nationwide. DEA announced it has registered a record number of authorized collectors – pharmacies and medical facilities – to collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs year-round. Since April 2017, DEA increased the number of authorized collectors from more than 2,200 to 15,000. A list of permanent drug-drop boxes located in communities across the country can be found at

Safe medication disposal receptacles, along with DEA Take Back events, provide families easy, no-cost opportunities to get rid of unnecessary medicines stored in the home that can be susceptible to abuse and theft.

Complete results for DEA’s fall National Prescription Drug Take Back Day are available at

Submitted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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