Drug Take Back Day

This year, Drug Take Back Day is April 30th from 10am-2pm. Drug overdose deaths are up 16% in the last year. Drug Take Back Day was one of the many strategies put in place by the Drug Enforcement Administration to help with the opioid abuse in the U.S. This event occurs twice a year, once in April and November. This is a great opportunity for you to dispose of your unnecessary prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs anonymously with no questions asked. You can find a collection site near you here.

Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD., of provides further information on the drugs you can and cannot bring to your local collection site:

What Drugs Can You Bring Back?

  • Any old, unwanted, or unused medicines (tablets/capsules/solids)

  • Vaping devices and cartridges (lithium batteries must be removed)

  • Patches

What Drugs Can You NOT Drop Off?

  • Syringes, needles, or other sharps

  • Inhalers, such as those for asthma

  • Aerosol cans

  • Mercury thermometers

  • Iodine-containing medications

  • Illegal drugs or substances (including marijuana, which is still a schedule 1 drug under federal law), and any prescription medications obtained illegally.

Before throwing away your medication containers, protect your identity. You should fully mark out your personal information (name, address, date of birth) and then dispose of the container.

Do your part in slowing down, and potentially stopping, the abuse of drugs in your community! Be the difference!

How Tria Health Can Help

As a member of Tria Health, if you have multiple medications and are afraid you will throw away the wrong medication, we can provide additional assistance in selecting the proper medications. Tria provides one-on-one consultations with a clinical pharmacist who assists you with your medication management.


Call the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742


1. National Take Back Day: How to Dispose of Old Meds -[AT2]

2. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - City of Mission ([AT3]