Drug Take Back Saturday

Drug Take Back Saturday

Delaware will hold its 18th Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27th. Citizens can discard their expired or unused medications at designated sites between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Organized nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Drug Take-Back Day is operated locally by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH). Held twice each year, the event is aimed at reducing the risk of prescription medications being diverted for misuse. 

Properly discarding unused medications reduces the risk of addiction by keeping prescription medications out of the hands of people who may misuse, abuse, or sell them. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, six million Americans abused prescription drugs, the majority of which were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. 

In addition to the sites participating in this Saturday's event, there are 21 permanent medicine drop-off locations that are available year-round. To see those venues, click here.

On Drug Take-Back Day, medications for disposal must be in a container such as a pill bottle, box, blister pack, or zipped plastic bag, with personal information removed. Liquid medications must be in their original containers.

Needles, aerosols, bio-hazard materials, medical equipment and batteries will not be accepted.