DEA Holds 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths

DALLAS, TX – The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations

“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA
Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage
everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”

On October 23, 2021, the Dallas Field Division collected close to 32,000 pounds of unwanted,
unused, or expired prescription medications in North Texas and Oklahoma. The DEA Dallas
Field Division had over 170 sites with more than 140 local law enforcement partners.

“There is no question that prescription drug abuse and theft from medicine cabinets is an issue
for every community,” said Eduardo A. Chávez, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Dallas.
“The “DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back event helps ensure those drugs don’t fall
into the wrong hands.”

Drug overdose deaths are up 16 percent in the last year, claiming more than 290 lives every day.

According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the
medicine from a family member or friend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, more than
106,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November
2021, marking the most drug-related deaths ever recorded, with opioid-related deaths accounting for 75 percent of all overdose deaths.

For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped
Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted, or no
longer needed—that too often become a gateway to addiction. Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts are directly in line with DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, DEA and its law enforcement partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

A location finder and partner toolbox are available at for easy
reference to April 30 collection sites.

Year-round receptacles are available at more than 13,000 pharmacies, hospitals, police departments, and businesses. Additionally, with the passage of the DUMP Opioids Act in 2021, the public may now use drop boxes at Veterans Administration medical centers to dispose of controlled substance prescription medications. Check with your local VA health facility for more information. With more than 13,000 year-round drop-off locations in the United States, every day can be Take Back day.

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