The Vital Role of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

In today’s society, the proper disposal of prescription drugs often gets overlooked, leading to potentially dire consequences. But did you know there’s a day dedicated to addressing this issue? National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on October 28, 2023.

This event is pivotal in preventing drug abuse, protecting the environment, and providing essential medications to those in need. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can play a vital role in safeguarding your community, the planet, and the well-being of individuals who rely on prescription medications. So, mark your calendar for the last Saturday of October and positively impact National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Visit the Tennessee Department of Health website for details on hours and locations for this event.

Accepted Items for Donation:

  • Liquid medications
  • Medicated ointment, lotion, or drops
  • Pills in any packaging
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Pet Medications

Prohibited Items for Donation:

  • Illegal drugs & narcotics
  • IV bags
  • Blood sugar equipment
  • Sharps/needles
  • Bloody or infectious waste

Other ways to Donate or Dispose of Prescription Drugs:

  • Visit to find a location for year-round drug disposal.
  • Medication Take-Back Programs: Many local pharmacies and hospitals offer medication take-back programs for used and unused medications. These initiatives enable individuals to donate their surplus prescription drugs safely. Many local pharmacies and hospitals have established take-back programs, making it easy for you to dispose of your excess medicines safely. Inquire with your healthcare facility to see if they participate in such programs.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Reach out to organizations like the Partnership for Prescription Assistance or the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC). These nonprofit organizations can help you locate local entities that accept medication donations. Your unused medication could go a long way in helping someone in need.
  • Contact Your Health Department: Reach out to your state or local health department to learn about medication disposal resources available in your area. Some regions have specific programs dedicated to the safe disposal of medications.
  • DEA’s Take-Back Events: Keep an eye on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website for a list of collected medication take-back events in your area. These events are organized regularly and provide a convenient way for individuals to dispose of unused prescription drugs.

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