The DEA has reported the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day had its highest-ever partner participation. DEA and its law enforcement partners report that April’s Take Back Day collected almost 469 tons of unwanted drugs at nearly 6,400 collection sites. This collection brings the total collected amount of unused or expired prescription medications to almost 12 million pounds over the course of the 17 take back events.
“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.”