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DEA Gears Up for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Event Aims to prevent addiction and reduce poisoning death
 

Memphis, TN –The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 23rd National Prescription Drug Take 
Back Day on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event offers anonymous disposal of 
unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop- off locations nationwide. One of these 
locations is the Kroger store in Bartlett, Tennessee, at 7615 Highway 70. United States Attorney 
Kevin Ritz will participate in Drug Take Back Day at location with law enforcement partners, 
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has provided an easy, 
no-cost opportunity to dispose of medicines stored in the home that are susceptible to misuse and 
theft.

Opioid  misuse remains at  epidemic levels in  the  United  States.  According to a report 
published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of 
people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.

“I encourage everyone across the country to dispose of unneeded medications to help keep our 
communities safe and healthy,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “The Take Back campaign is part 
of DEA’s continued efforts to combat the drug poisoning epidemic and protect the safety and health 
of communities across the United States.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, approximately 
107,622 people died as the result of a drug poisoning last year. This means that someone in the 
United States is dying of a drug poisoning every five minutes.

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules,
patches, and other forms of prescription drugs. Collection sites will not accept syringes,

sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their 
original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage. The event will also continue 
to accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

A location finder and partner toolbox are available at www.DEATakeBack.com for easy reference to 
nearby collection sites.  Beyond DEA’s Take Back Day, there are also opportunities to regularly and 
safely dispose of unneeded medications at close to 15,000 pharmacies, hospitals, and businesses 
prescription disposal locations. In addition, many police departments provide year-round drop boxes.


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Contact Public Information Officer Cherri Green at 901-544-4231 or cherri.green@usdoj.gov. Follow @ WDTNNews on Twitter for office news and updates.

Updated October 26, 2022