National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
In Charlotte, North Carolina
Saturday, October 23 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Got drugs you no longer need or that are expired? Dispose of them safely and anonymously in the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area this Saturday, October 23rd during the DEA's 21st National Prescription Take Back Day from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Why take back prescription drugs? Studies show that 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers; 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants; 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. Since 2000 there have been some 700,000 overdose deaths in the USA.
These surveys also showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home's medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day provides an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The April 2021 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected 839,543 pounds of drugs through 5,060 collection sites nation-wide. Since the inception of the Drug Take Back Day effort, 14,524,391 pounds of drugs have been collected. Why not help grow that number this Saturday, October 23rd?
Keep in mind that the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles.
The FDA is also asking people to turn in electronic vaping devices and cartridges on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday. DEA will collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers but only after the batteries are removed from the devices. The DEA is not responsible for removing the batteries from the devices.
Where to take unused and/or expired drugs in Charlotte/Mecklenburg for safe disposal:
If you're unable to take advantage of Take Back Prescription Drugs Day on Saturday, click here for a list of locations that collect drugs all year long within 20 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina.
This information about Charlotte/Mecklenburg's drop-off locations for prescription drugs on National Prescription Drugs Take Back Day is provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker Realty, your Charlotte metro area residential real estate experts.