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DEA to host 20th annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The DEA’s 20th annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be taking place this Saturday, April 24.

Take Back Day is a bi-annual event that “aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

People will be able to drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Click here to find a drop off location near you.

The following items will be accepted:

  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Patches
  • Solid forms of prescription drugs
  • Vaping devices (with batteries removed) and cartridges

Items that will not be accepted:

  • Liquids
  • Syringes
  • Sharp objects
  • Illegal drugs

A total of about 96,317 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired drugs have been removed and disposed of safely over the years on Drug Take Back Day.

“For many years Prescription Drug Take Back has served a valuable public service to protect our children, homes and environment, and now it is more vital than ever. We have seen a troubling rise in drug overdoses, a situation that has been worsened this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic with many people isolated and suffering from anxiety and with substance abuse subsequently on the rise,” said Attorney General Marshall.

Deliveries of drugs to DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events are confidential, with no personal information collected and no questions asked.  Participants are encouraged to remove labels or black-out information beforehand.



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