DEA to Hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative

DEA to Hold another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative

By Ed Coghlan.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country on Saturday, April 28th. The service is free and anonymous.

The DEA has collected more than 9 million pounds (4,500 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at 14 previous events over the past 7 years,

This weekend more than 5,600 collection sites manned by almost 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

“Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “The more unused painkillers or controlled drugs we can help to remove from homes, the more potential lives will be saved. The home medicine cabinet is a frequent target of prescription drug abusers and often provides access to prescription medication. We need the help of the public to dispose of this unwanted source of abuse. Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America.”

DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that flushing these drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash posed potential safety and health hazards.

Last fall the public turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its local and tribal partners.

The National Pain Report reported the DEA is taking public comment on its desire to put production quotas on manufacturers of opioid pain medication. The comment period ends on May 4th.  To leave a comment, click here.

Earlier this month, the DEA announced it has reached an agreement with Attorneys General from 46 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to share prescription drug information with one another in order to aid investigations. DEA’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) system collects some 80 million transaction reports every year from manufacturers and distributors of prescription drugs.

Last month, the DEA said it will add 250 task force officers and dozens of additional analysts to areas across America where the opioid crisis is at its worst. DEA task forces act as a force multiplier in carrying out DEA’s mission through coordination and cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

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Alan Edwards

They have their reward. To be seen. If all the so-called antidepressants were the only drugs taken back, there would be many disappointed so-called authorities. How dare anyone suggest that they may pocket medication at these hypocritical, staged events.

So politically correct and sad for the many suffering United States citizens with Intractable Pain Disease and Chronic Pain.


Go after the drug dealers. They are the ones with the illegal drugs. They are the ones with the fake drugs. They caused all of this problem. They are laughing at you picking on cancer and chronic pain patients while they continue to bring in more fake illegal drugs into this country. Grow a pair and go get them. It’s your job.

carl s. dunn

The government’s agenda is to look good so the 553 elected representatives of the people, congress, senate and executive branch can get elected again. These folks have to do something that appears like they are “working” for you, the people. Here is how it started, first some congresswoman’s son or someone who is a friend of an elected official dies of an overdose of a fentanyl laced heroin injection. This happens about a few thousand times over America during the year. Next, here comes the knee jerk reaction of those elected officials trying to look like they are doing something, anything to “fix” the opioid crises. So, these mental giants decide what quick and easy fixes can be attempted to look good on television. I know, says our leaders, we will go after the doctors who prescribe these heinous drugs like percocets and such to the patients! Everyone must do as we say even if it is a bad choice because we know better, right? Have you ever heard of throwing the baby out with the bath water? Not seeing the forest for the trees? We need to open up “shooting gallaries” where doctor supervised heroin is dosed out and injections are observed by trained medical clinicians. Seems crazy, doesn’t it? Guess what? Overdoses went to almost zero. HIV and Hepatitus infections went to almost zero. Theft and crimes to obtain money for heroin went to almost zero. Methadone was offered along with counseling and those using heroin were reduced in number. The problem really is with our cultural bias which won’t allow us to even think about allowing someone to “sin” and “destroy themselves with drugs”. It’s not the (Christian) right thing to do! And we need to punish those who use drugs! The only right way is abstinence! They know it doesn’t work but look at all the jobs the “war on drugs” is creating and maintaining! And all that non-taxable income! So, let’s face it folks, the whole system is rigged and corrupt. What I stated above about supervised doctors and all is a pipe dream here in America…unless we vote them all out and put people in who are actually up-right and smart enough to create solutions that work. Like this one.

What we need is a National Prescription Drug give back day! I don’t know what it’s going to take. There have been pain rallies, I’ve written to everyone including the President. The only one I heard back from was my congressman who is Doctor Phil Roe who said he was going full force with this opioid crisis they’ve got on “their” hands. His reason, “Due to the many overdoses, something just had to be done.” Of course I wrote him back telling him of the illegal fentanyl and heroin, so forth and so on that of course he already knew of for he is not an ignorant man. He graduated in 1970 from the University of Tennessee to obtain his medical degree. Upon graduation he served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps. So people we ARE talking about a doctor that did graduate from medical school that does know the repercussions of taking medicine, pain medicine in particular away from chronic pain patients not to mention our veterans. After much thought it seems to me that his job in Congress is much more important than his medical degree. There have been rallies held, we’ve sent our letters to the DEA for what that’s worth, hopefully with this news station that’s coming in they will perhaps promote our stories as heartbroken as I have been from reading every single one that poured in. So many lives, so very many precious lives are and have been taken away from their families, from everything they once knew before 2016 including life itself. For every family that loses someone to suicide because they were denied their pain medicine they NEED to go straight to their local news station, then write a letter to their congressmen and the president enclosing newspaper clippings, pictures, items passed out from the funeral home of their loved ones that have taken their lives and why they did so. I would certainly make sure that the word “opioid crisis” was in there for it certainly needs to be. We need to raise awareness more so than we already have. It seems everything we do is in vain. Other than that the only other thing I can think of at the moment is for everyone to pray.

Susan L.

Heaven help us.

Unless I missed it, this doesn’t say where to take the pills you want to get rid of. You need to make things easy for people! My elderly parents threw out tons of opioids in their regular trash. Unless you can lead folks like this right to the safe spot, they will never follow through.


It’s a good idea the “take back” day, but honestly, I do not believe the current problem stems from those as responsible as this who bring their unused prescriptions to this event. But, every little bit helps I suppose. The problem with the drug overdoses is heroin predominantly. Also when the drug addict adds other drugs to their heroin mix. This is usually what causes an overdose, not pain pills. We must become educated about this before no one will be able to get any pain relief from a doctor because that’s what it’s coming to. Stay informed, write to your representatives, support those who are fighting for our cause.