Skip to main content


News items are listed in the sequential order of their release posting dates.

This information may be in a PDF printable format for printing only.
With FREE Adobe Reader® software, you can view and print Adobe PDF files.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Please select a year.

National Take Back Initiative

Release Date: March 21, 2011
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 30, 2001, from 10 am to 2 pm. Fian a collection near you.


APRIL 30, 2011, 10:00 A.M - 2:00 P.M. 
Find a colleciton site near you

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according tothe 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. 

In an effort to address this problem, DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States conducted the first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  The purpose of this National Take Back Day was to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation's medicine cabinets.  There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in the event.  All told, the American Public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on the first National Take Back Day. 

Due to the overwhelming success of the first event, DEA has scheduled the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day as shown above.  Find a collection site near you.

Pompton Lakes Borough PD - Municipal Bldg., 25 Lenox Ave., Pompton Lks, 973-835-0069
Franklin Lakes PD- 490 Dekorte Dr., Franklin Lks., 201-891-3131
Hardyston Twp. PD - Municpal Bldg., 149 Wheatsworth Rd., Hamburg, 973-823-7022   
Contact the Office of Diversion Control for more information at