Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28

Help fight prescription drug abuse by safely getting rid of your unwanted, unused and expired medications at the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug take-back days provide consumers with an opportunity to clean out medications from easily accessible medicine cabinets where children could accidentally find and ingest them or abusers could intentionally steal them. Drug take-back days are also Earth-friendly as disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash is hazardous to the environment.

The take-back service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Disposal sites will accept prescription medications in pill or patch forms, including controlled substances, but liquids, sharps or needles will not be accepted.

The DEA has sponsored National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day twice a year for the last seven years. Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,500 collections sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 sites operated by state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Collection sites will be located throughout California. You can search HERE by ZIP code or city to find participating collection sites. This website will be updated with additional locations as those become known.

For more information, visit the DEA Diversion Control Division website HERE.

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