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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday October 26, 2019

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

This Saturday, October 26, is the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. These events are held to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired medications.


National Take-Back Days are held twice annually, usually occurring in the spring and the fall. The first event was held in 2010 and four days following this event, Congress approved legislation amending the Controlled Substances Act and provided the DEA with the authority to make this event permanent, allowing people a safe way to dispose of extra medication.


At the event held in April of this year, the DEA reported that 468.72 tons of unused or expired medications were turned over the collectors. Since these events started in 2010, over 5900 tons have been turned in.