October 27th is National Drug Take Back Day

Disposing of Over-the-Counter and Prescription Pills and Patches             Oct. 27, 2018, is .                     From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on that day, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) law enforcement agencies across the U.S. will collect expired, unused pills and patches, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), so they can be safely disposed.To find an agency near you that is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, use the .The agencies will only take OTC and prescription pills or patches. They cannot take needles, sharps or liquids. This includes liquid nebulizer medicine, epinephrine auto-injectors and inhalers.

Disposing of InhalersTo dispose of inhalers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that you read "handling instructions on the labeling of inhalers and aerosol products. These products could be dangerous if punctured or thrown into a fire or incinerator. To properly dispose of these products and follow local regulations and laws, contact your trash and recycling facility."

Do you have any medication that you need to dispose of? Do you know where the local collection site is for your area? 


Comments 4

  • LK

    Melissa,  Thank you for this information!  I have intended to do this for some time but just have not looked into it.

  • Melissa G

    You're welcome Lisa! I have a few things to get rid of and will be doing it after lunch. For us, the drop off location is right down the road, so very convenient. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Ugh!! I missed the date…I didn't realize that inhalers were supposed to be discarded in a specific way. I had been just throwing them out in the trash