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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

What is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day?

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2010 to address the public safety issue created by unused or expired prescription medications, which are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to safely and securely dispose of unused, expired, and unwanted prescription medications and help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in our communities. Learn more at https://takebackday.dea.gov/

When is the next Take Back Day?

The 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10am – 2pm. ODP encourages local organizations across the state to coordinate Take Back Day events in their communities to help Idahoans properly dispose of unused or expired medications.

Host a Take Back Day Event

Hosting a Take Back Day collection site event provides an opportunity for residents to properly dispose of their old and unused medications, while also raising awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and the importance of removing unused prescriptions from the home – making your community members safer, healthier, and more informed. Organizations interested in planning an event should start by downloading, reviewing, and utilizing ODP’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event Planning Toolkit and Promotional Guide via the link below.

The Toolkit provides all of the information and materials you need to successfully organize and promote a collection site event, including:

  • 8 Step Take Back Day Collection Site Event Planning Guide
  • DEA Protocols and Registration Form
  • Promotional Templates – posters, flyers, radio spot, press release, news article, talking points, and social media guide

Additional Resources

Event Handout Materials

Opioid and Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Educational Handouts

At-Home Drug Deactivation and Disposal Kits

  • TakeAway Medication Disposal Envelopes (website)
Post Event Evaluation Survey
  • To complete the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event Feedback Survey, click HERE.

Past Take Back Day Results

April 2021October 2020April 2020October 2019April 2019October 2018April 201820172016

April 24, 2021 – Results from the 20th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,425 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,060
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 839,543 lbs. (420 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 36 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 39
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 5,829 lbs. (2.9 Tons)

Click here for more details about the 20th National Take Back Day from the DEA

October 24, 2020 – Results for the 19th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,153 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 4,587
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 985,392 lbs. (492.7 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 39 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 42
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 10,526 lbs. (5.3 Tons)

Click here for more information about Take Back Day Collection Sites across Idaho.

Click here for additional details about the 19th National Take Back Day from the DEA.

April 25, 2020

Cancelled nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 26, 2019 – Results for the 18th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,896 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 6,174
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 882,919 lbs. (441.5 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 36 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 38
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 5,402 lbs. (2.7 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 18th National Take Back Day from the DEA.

April 27, 2019 – Results for the 17th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,969 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 6,258
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 937,443 lbs. (468.7 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 41 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 47
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 5,674 lbs. (2.8 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 17th National Take Back Day from the DEA.

October 27, 2018 – Results for the 16th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,770 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,839
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 914,236 lbs. (457.1 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 26 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 34
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 3,269 lbs. (1.6 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 16th National Take Back Day from the DEA.

April 28, 2018 – Results for the 15th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,683 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,842
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 949,046 lbs (474.5 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 31 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 37
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 4,282 lbs. (2.1 Tons)

Click here for additional details about the 15th National Take Back Day from the DEA.

October 28, 2017 – Results for the 14th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,274 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,321
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 912,305 lbs. (456 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Statewide Law Enforcement Participation: 30 agencies
    • Statewide Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 30
    • Statewide Weight of Drugs Collected: 7,452 lbs. (3.7 Tons)
  • Click here for more details about the 14th National Take Back Day from the DEA

April 2017 – Results for the 13th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,223 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,498
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 900,386 lbs. (450 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 30 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 36
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 3,746 lbs. (1.9 Tons)
  • Click here for more details about the 13th National Take Back Day from the DEA

October 2016 – Results for the 12th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,018 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,178
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 731,269 lbs. (365.6 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 25 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 28
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 3,190 lbs. (1.6 Tons)
  • Click here for more details about the 12th National Take Back Day from the DEA

April 2016 – Results for the 11th National Take Back Day

  • National Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,264 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 5,359
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 893,498 lbs (447 Tons)
  • Idaho Results
    • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 22 agencies
    • Total Take Back Day Collection Site Events: 25
    • Total Weight of Drugs Collected: 3,068 lbs (1.5 Tons)
  • Click here for more details about the 11th National Take Back Day from the DEA

∗If you missed your local drug take-back day and need to dispose of prescription medications, click here to find a drop box near you.

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