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.
Idaho ranks 8th in the nation for pain reliever misuse among people aged 12 and older. 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 24- find a Take Back Day event in your community at takebackday.dea.gov
Want to organize a Take Back Day event in your community?
The Office of Drug Policy is encouraging local organizations across the state to coordinate Take Back Day events in their communities to help Idahoans properly dispose of expired or unused prescription medications and prevent prescription drug misuse in our state. Download our Event Planning Toolkit and Event Promotional Materials file below – the Toolkit will walk you through all of the steps to organize an event in your community and the Event Promotional Materials will provide you with the templates and content you’ll need to make your event a success!
- Take Back Day Event Planning Toolkit
- Event Promotional Materials (coming soon)
To learn more about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website at https://takebackday.dea.gov/
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.
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.
- The proper way of disposing needles, sharps, and syringes
- What to do if your location does not have take-back options: FDA Guidelines on How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2017 and 2018.
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)
- Law Enforcement Participation for Idaho: 36
- Total Collection Sites: 38
- Total Weight of Drugs collected in Idaho: 5,402 lbs.