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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 24, 2020 ⋅ 10am-2pm

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and its state and local partners will hold the 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10am-2pm. The DEA began the initiative in 2010 to provide easy, anonymous opportunities to remove medicines in the home that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft.

When left in a medicine cabinet, thrown away or flushed, unused prescriptions can be dangerous to people, animals, or the environment. Help keep our community safe and healthy by dropping off your old medication on October 24th. To learn more about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and find events in your community, visit

Find a Permanent Prescription Drug Take-Back Location Near You
Take Back days and prescription medication drop boxes are important in curtailing the abuse of prescription medication by reducing access to unused, unwanted or expired medications. If you missed your local drug take-back day and need to dispose of prescription medications, find a drop box near you. If you do not see a local drop-off location listed below for your county, call your local police department or sheriff’s office. Some departments will informally accept your unused and expired medications. Sharps, IV tubing and infectious waste are not accepted. 

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Keeping Old Medications Increases Access & Potential for Misuse

Dispose of your unused or expired medications at a local drop-off location or by the FDA guidelines.

National Results from the DEA:

National Results – April 27, 2019

  • National Law Enforcement Participation: 4,896
  • Total Collection Sites: 6,174
  • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 882,919 lbs. (441.5 Tons)

Idaho Results:

  • Law Enforcement Participation for Idaho: 36
  • Total Collection Sites: 38
  • Total Weight of Drugs collected in Idaho: 5,402 lbs.

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