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469 Tons of Drugs Destroyed During Drug Take Back Day

May 7, 2019


At nearly 6,400 sites around the country, the DEA collected and destroyed close to 469 tons of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to a May 3 press release.

Since the fall of 2010, the DEA has collected six thousand tons of prescription drugs.

“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.”

View the complete results for the DEA’s spring 2019 Take Back Day. The next Take Back Day is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Missed Take Back Day? Click here to locate an authorized collector in your area

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