National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Oct. 28, 2023

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October 2023 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back the Drugs Day

The logo for the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, is a red and blue pill capsule with the words "Take Back" on the side.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is having a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of medications.

What You Can Dispose Of

Here is a complete list of acceptable items for disposal in the bins:

  • Pills, tablets, capsules – Loose pills must be placed in a zip-top bag before placing in the bin. Bags can be obtained from the pharmacy.
  • Ointments
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Powders
  • Liquid medicines – no more than 4 oz. (120ml) – Liquid medications must be in their original containers, wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag before placing in the container. 

Contact your local community’s household hazardous waste department for information on proper disposal of medications not on the list.

Locate a Collection Site Near You in the D.C. Metropolitan Area

In the metropolitan Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area, there are drop-off boxes at various CVS Pharmacies, Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliates, police departments, pharmacies, including independent and chains, fire stations, hospitals, and municipal buildings.

To find a convenient disposal location near you, including select CVS locations, visit Safe Pharmacy at https://safe.pharmacy/drug-disposal/.

Johns Hopkins Participation

Johns Hopkins Medicine participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Drive up and drop off unused or expired prescription medications and our staff will dispose of them for you safely. See participating locations below.

This event is open to employees, patients and the public. The participating sites include:

There are seven participating pharmacy locations with Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliates.

Acceptable Items By Johns Hopkins Hospital Locations

Medications can be brought in their original containers. If the original containers are not available, medications are also accepted in bags and other containers. Any identifying information on the containers will be removed after donation. Before donating please check the accepted items at each location:

  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Suburban Hospital

You Don't Have to Wait

Public Year Round Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations

You don't have to wait for a Drug Take-Back event to dispose of unwanted medication.

Photo of a large layout of medicine bottles, bags of pills, and other medical supplies.

The DEA has a National Take Back Day twice a year where temporary disposal sites are set up across the nation. If you miss one of the designated days for the National Take Back day, you may drop off your unwanted drugs and vaping materials with the following public disposal authorized collectors.

  • Police departments
  • Pharmacies, including independent and chains
  • Fire stations
  • Hospitals
  • Municipal buildings

Download the nationwide list of public disposal locations. The file is created on a daily basis and lists all active year round pharmaceutical disposal locations registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This is a background photo of pill bottles and scattered pills on a table with the words: "Search for Year Round Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations" on it.

You can also search for year round disposal locations near you using the Drug Disposal Locator Tool . It includes more than 10,000 of these locations nationwide. Search using your zip code to find a permanent disposal box near you, as well as the facility's hours, directions, and accepted medications.

Home Disposal Methods

The DEA's Drug Disposal Information page provides Home Disposal Information about how to dispose of old medicines, vaping, and marijuana materials along with Federal rules and regulations for disposal.

Partnership Toolbox

Download posters, handouts, digital billboards, and other materials from the Partnership Toolbox page to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Days 2023

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April and October 2023 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back the Drugs Days

The logo for the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, is a red and blue pill capsule with the words "Take Back" on the side.

The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, is having a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on 22 April 2023. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Next Take Back Day: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Public Year Round Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations

Photo of a large layout of medicine bottles, bags of pills, and other medical supplies.

The DEA has a National Take Back Day twice a year where temporary disposal sites are set up across the nation. If you miss one of the designated days for the National Take Back day, you may drop off your unwanted drugs and vaping materials with the following public disposal authorized collectors.

  • Police departments
  • Pharmacies, including independent and chains
  • Fire stations
  • Hospitals
  • Municipal buildings

Download the nationwide list of public disposal locations. The file is created on a daily basis and lists all active year round pharmaceutical disposal locations registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This is a background photo of pill bottles and scattered pills on a table with the words: "Search for Year Round Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations" on it.

You can also search for year round disposal locations near you using the Drug Disposal Locator Tool . It includes more than 10,000 of these locations nationwide. Search using your zip code to find a permanent disposal box near you, as well as the facility's hours, directions, and accepted medications.

On 21 November 2021, the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day brought in over 745,000 pounds of expired, unneeded medications and vaping products during the continuous fight against the opioid epidemic.

Locate a Collection Site Near You in the D.C. Metropolitan Area

In the metropolitan Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area, there are drop-off boxes at various CVS Pharmacies, Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliates, police departments, pharmacies, including independent and chains, fire stations, hospitals, and municipal buildings.

To find a convenient disposal location near you, including select CVS locations, visit https://safe.pharmacy/drug-disposal/.

There are seven participating pharmacy locations with Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliates.

Acceptable Items By Johns Hopkins Hospital Locations

Medications can be brought in their original containers. If the original containers are not available, medications are also accepted in bags and other containers. Any identifying information on the containers will be removed after donation. Before donating please check the accepted items at each location:

  • Sibley Memorial Hospital: tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, e-cigarettes, and vape pens (NO sharps)
  • Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Green Spring Station, and Suburban Hospital: tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, e-cigarettes, vape pens, and sharps
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital: tablets and capsules only

Law Enforcement Agencies Only:

For law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site, please call the Law Enforcement Agencies' Point of Contact (POC) in your area.

Home Disposal Methods

The DEA's Drug Disposal Information page provides Home Disposal Information about how to dispose of old medicines, vaping, and marijuana materials along with Federal rules and regulations for disposal.

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How to Dispose of Medicines Properly (.pdf) by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  Updated

Partnership Toolbox

Download posters, handouts, digital billboards, and other materials from the Partnership Toolbox page to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.