Drug take-back boxes are a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of excess unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. Proper disposal is crucial in preventing medications from falling into the wrong hands. Do not flush or pour medications down the drain, this can lead to waterway contamination. Take-back boxes that can accept controlled substances (which have the highest potential for abuse) are the most useful and popular.
How can I do that?
- Register the location with the DEA. You can contact your local DEA Diversion Office with any questions
- Purchase your take-back box. Here are just a few vendors: CVS Grants, Save a Star, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
- Find a service that will properly destroy the prescription drugs you have collected. Contact your local DEA for help in finding this service
- Make certain that you are in compliance with Federal, State, tribal and local laws.