WASHINGTON – On April 30, 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its law enforcement partners collected 721,093 pounds (360 tons) of unnecessary drugs from 5,144 collection sites across the United States during of National Prescription Drug Recovery Day.
In Washington, 9,242 pounds of unnecessary drugs were collected, while 4,582 pounds of drugs were collected in Idaho.
Since 2010, the DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has collected nearly 16 million pounds of unnecessary prescription drugs.
“National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an important part of the DEA’s efforts to combat the overdose epidemic and save lives,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “I encourage everyone across the country to get rid of unnecessary medications throughout the year to help keep our communities safe and healthy.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 107,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses last year.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day isn’t the only time you can turn in unnecessary medications. There are also many permanent medicine drop boxes located in communities across the country. A list of permanent locations can be found by clicking HERE.
The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for October 29, 2022.