Properly dispose of unneeded medications on Take Back Day, Oct. 28

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, Oct. 28, when you can safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.

Most collection locations throughout the DMV will accept any medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

To find a collection site near you, visit and enter your location and find a collection site near you.

Over-the-counter and prescription medications can be brought in original containers or loose in ziplock bags. Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, or illicit drugs.

The FDA recommends the prompt disposal of unwanted drugs to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or misuse the medicine and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment.

For over a decade, the event has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—old, unwanted, or expired—that too often become a gateway to addiction.

If you cannot drop off unwanted medications on Saturday, dozens of places will accept and dispose of controlled substances year-round. Go to the Department of Justice’s Controlled Substance Public Disposal Location website to search for a location near you.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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