DEA's 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has highest-ever partner participation

DEA's most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day saw record numbers of law enforcement partners and collection sites. The April 27 event—held with more than 5,000 local, state, tribal, and federal partners at nearly 6,400 collection sites nationwide—led to the collection and destruction of 469 tons of unused or expired drugs.

DEA's most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day saw record numbers of law enforcement partners and collection sites. The April 27 event—held with more than 5,000 local, state, tribal, and federal partners at nearly 6,400 collection sites nationwide—led to the collection and destruction of 469 tons of unused or expired drugs. Since DEA held its first such event in the fall of 2010, approximately 5,908 tons of drugs have been collected. "The ever-increasing public support and continuously growing numbers of partners and collection sites are a true testament to the value of DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back program," said Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. "Just as DEA and our law enforcement partners are committed to ending the opioid epidemic, our communities recognize that this is a pervasive and heartbreaking crisis. DEA Take Back Day gives every American a way to help by simply cleaning out their medicine cabinets." The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for October 26, 2019.