Take-back events and programs encourage dropping off unused or expired prescription drugs, including controlled substances and non-controlled substances.
Use the search tool above or click here to search for temporary collection sites participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Click here to search for year-round, permanent disposal sites in your area.
What is “Take Back Day”?
The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) hosts the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year in which temporary collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs.
Who can dispose of controlled substances?
Only ultimate users may drop off their controlled substances to authorized collectors or law enforcement at a take-back event, collection receptacle, or through a mail-back package program. The federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) defines "ultimate user" as "a person who has lawfully obtained, and who possesses, a controlled substance for his own use or for the use of a member of his household or for an animal owned by him or a member of his household."
Get more information on controlled substances.
The general public fact sheet has more information including what medication can be disposed of through the take-back events and programs.
Want more information on how to safely dispose of unwanted medicine?
Find out where to safely dispose of unused medicine.