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March 2012

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for April 28

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This day is an opportunity for those who missed previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications.

Americans who participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 U.S. states and territories. When the results of the three prior take-back days are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three take-back day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “The DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.

“With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” Leonhart added.

Visit in March to locate collection sites near you.

Law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site should call the point of contact nearest to them. Visit for a list of contacts.

Visit for a list of posters, pamphlets, digital billboards, print billboards, bus ads, site location banners, and web buttons available for download. ■



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 3, March 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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