The 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website, over 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of medication have been collected and properly disposed of by the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law enforcement and its community partners through the previous seven national events.
The DEA has established the National Take-Back Initiative for prescription holders, end users, and clients to dispose of their expired or unwanted medications – over the counter or prescription; controlled substances or not. Thus, anyone with unwanted medications that were prescribed or intended for themselves, a family member, or an owned animal may drop off the drugs at any of the collection sites. To find a collection site near you, visit the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative Collection Site Search.
Veterinarians and other DEA registrants are not allowed to dispose of their practices’ controlled substances inventory or expired stock through the take-back program, but must follow the DEA registrant drug disposal regulations.
For more information on the disposal of pharmaceutical waste – whether controlled substances or hazardous, chemotherapeutic, dual, mixed, radiologic, or other pharmaceutical waste – visit the AVMA’s members-only resource, Disposal of Pharmaceuticals, which is a page within the larger resource on “Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices: What Goes Where?”.