DEA’s National Drug Take-Back Day Aims to Curb Opioid Crisis

By Trish Svoboda

The next National Drug Take-back Day is April 27th. The escalating crisis of drug overdoses in the United States poses a significant threat to public health, safety, and national security. The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day represents the DEA’s dedication to the well-being and safety of Americans, urging the public to dispose of unnecessary medications from their households. This initiative aims to prevent the misuse of medication and the onset of opioid addiction.

The last Drug Take-back Day took place on October 28, 2023, and saw participation from 98 law enforcement agencies in Kansas with 65 collection sites, and a total of 5,244 lbs. of drugs were collected. Nationwide, 4,383 law enforcement agencies participated with 4.675 collection sites. A total of 599,897 pounds of drugs were collected.

Since the start of Drug Take-back Day in 2010, Kansas has collected 253,550 lbs. of unused medications, and nationally the all-time weight collected is 17,900,351 lbs.

To find a pick-up site or for other information on Drug Take-back Day, click here.

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