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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is
Saturday, October 26.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year to help communities across the country safely dispose of their unused medications. At a time when individuals and families are seeking ways to properly dispose of their unused opioids, these two dates present a unique opportunity to take action.


Too often, home medicine cabinets play a role in potential addiction. By safely disposing of unused prescription opioids, we can all help prevent a child, loved one or friend from misusing medicines that were not prescribed to them.

In 2017, there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S.


This past April, Americans helped DEA collect more than 925,000 lbs of unused medicines.

Join the effort this year by properly disposing of unused medications at a drop off site.

Visit to find a location near you.

Can’t make it to a drop off location? You can safely dispose of your medications right at home. Read more below.



  • Mix your unused medicines with a household substance like kitty litter or coffee grounds in an airtight container. Seal the container and you can dispose of it in the trash.

  • Use a drug disposal pouch—available from many RALI partners. After adding your unused medicines into the pouch, pour in water, seal, and throw it away in the garbage.

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