DEA: Bring us your drugs Saturday
September 24th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

DEA: Bring us your drugs Saturday

Bring us your tired, your old, your expired, unused prescription drugs, says the Drug Enforcement Agency.

This Saturday, the DEA wants people around the country to raid their medicine cabinets and bring their unwanted drugs to more than 3,400 collecting sites around the country. Bring us your unused prescription drugs, DEA says

Flushing drugs down the toilet could contaminate the water supply. And tossing them in the trash can make them easy to find for misuse.

The DEA answered CNN.com's questions about its drug collection day:

What is DEA going to do with all these drugs?

The drugs collected will be in the custody of a law enforcement officer until their incineration. The medications will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

If flushing or throwing the drugs away in the trash is not recommended, what is the public suppose to do with them when the DEA isn’t collecting them?

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s strategy for combating prescription drug abuse includes increasing the number of take-back programs like this one in 2010, making this service available to more and more communities. DEA is committed to holding controlled substance take-back programs regularly and increasing the number of community partners who participate, thus increasing the number of collection sites throughout the nation.

Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available: Take the meds out of their bottles; Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter of coffee grounds; Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.

The Take-Back Day event, which is free, takes place Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. People who want to get rid of their prescription medicines can log onto the DEA website to find their local drop-off sites.

soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. f u gov

    how about everybody minds their own business
    and i will do whatever "I" want with "my" drugs

    September 25, 2010 at 23:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amy Winehouse

    Just curious,

    What address will people be dropping their Vic's at near LA ?

    September 26, 2010 at 00:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. FYI

    People can believe it or not.Flushing old meds down the toilet is no longer recommended because meds are turning up in small doses in the drinking water especially hormones.I honestly cannot say that a particular filtration water system will remove these traces of medications.

    September 26, 2010 at 06:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Studdmuffins

    I wonder if any of the pharmaceutical companies will show up...They're the new pushers, folks.

    September 26, 2010 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. e1830

    It's the Drug Enforcement ADMINISTRATION... not AGENCY. How can anyone take your work serious when you can't even get the federal entity's name correct?

    September 26, 2010 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Paranue'

    I may have been convinced to not flush old meds( I would never throw them in the trash), but some of the things they base their drug facts on have been fictitious, absurd, and just straight-up propoganda. Give your leftovers to L. Lohan, she is gonna need em. Just kidding lol

    September 26, 2010 at 10:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Janet

    Lets dump all the DIABETES drugs that cause heart disease

    The FDA and drug companies knew about this danger 5 years ago! The drug maker makes 5 Billion dollars$$$ every year of this drug and the doctors and FDA get kickbacks. Shame!!

    With the drug companies and FDA It is the money first and the health next!

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    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

    September 26, 2010 at 11:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jess

    Why do you think so many drugs get into the US..? Who is getitng kick backs..? One trillion wasted since Reagon and drungs sucha as Cocaine and Herine are cheaper and more pure than ever before ..Are you BLIND !

    September 26, 2010 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. alan breton

    I accept and obey.

    September 26, 2010 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. joe

    Dear DEA... Get your sh*t together. It is accepted practice to flush. Most hospice nurses are REQUIRED to flush or dispose of drugs in the presence of the family to assure verified disposal. Talk to the hospitals. They would be your biggest "offenders". Having stated this, "F" off.

    September 26, 2010 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. networkofhemp

    Sounds like a collection to resell the drugs to the ghetto. The gov't is broke. They obviously aren't getting the funding they need.

    September 26, 2010 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Patriot

    I wonder how many people they will arrest?

    For my own safety I'll just wrap them in plastic put them in a plastic coffee can and put them in the trash. I know flushing them is bad, but I trust the DEA less than I trust the drug dealers who make their money off the war.(the perpetual war on drugs we have been fighting for many many years)

    Now we have prescription drugs as the #1 abused drugs in the USA. A bill in Florida wants to make it illegal to get a prescription if you don't have insurance! Yes thats right, you can only get a three day supply if your like me without insurance and your in a brutal car accident you have to get in your wheel chair and travel every three days or die.

    We have cut tobacco smoking in half using EDUCATION and treatment, we haven't had to incarcerate hundreds of thousands at the cost of BILLIONS. Tax the drugs and use the money on drug abuse prevention and treatment. OBVIOUSLY what we are doing now doesn't work and is destroying many lives at a huge cost. How much of our constitution shall we sacrifice and how many more innocents(in any war it's the civilian bystanders who bear the brunt) will be harmed by this? One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome. Prohibition just leads to gangs and crime.

    September 26, 2010 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      "Patriot"- It's interesting that you call for education and treatment to fight drug addiction, but here is a program that allows people to safely and anonymously get rid of old prescriptions before they become a problem, and educates the public about the danger of abusing prescription drugs...and you're against it? I would think you'd be applauding DEA for implementing a program that doesn't involve any arrests or prosecutions, and is instead focuses on preventing addiction in the first place.

      People don't seem to realize that DEA and other law enforcement agencies don't have any say in the laws they enforce- those are determined by the local, state and federal legislatures. If you don't like the laws, talk to your congressman, or just vote. Don't blame the people who are just doing their job, which is enforcing the laws that were passed by the representatives that the majority elected. If you don't like the current drug policy in the U.S., look at yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors- those are the people responsible for it.

      September 26, 2010 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Pissing Off the Reich Wing

      Typically Reich wing paranoiac. We walked up to a mail box (same kind the post office uses) bolted to the ground outside the Sheriff Station. They had no idea we were even there. Stupid has no expiration date.

      September 26, 2010 at 21:24 | Report abuse |
  13. marshalld

    I really wonder how many of the receptacles outside of Walgreens and CVS will be broken into by the dope addicts ??? Take the drugs to a police station and make sure they are not mishandled or stolen.

    Dopers could care less if they are out of date or not if they are despearte for a quick "high" folks .

    September 26, 2010 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Master_Kush

    Is the DEA really hurting so bad financially that they need to sell used prescription drugs? Wow....
    Guess they are not as busy busting responsible citizens that smoke marijuana since medical legalization.....

    September 26, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. OrgChm

    I work as an organic chemist. Some chemicals I work with are decades old and still fine. Most chemicals don't really go bad sitting on the shelf. The ones that do go bad are not the kind of compounds you would find in most pills. Most pills, especially the good ones like benzos and opiates, don't expire. Antibiotics can go bad, but who cares! They are cheap and readily available. If you are truly concerned and want your drugs to keep, store them in the freezer!

    September 26, 2010 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Pissing Off the Reich Wing

    So many stupid people. I don't trust the DEA so I'm going to pollute the water we drink. Drugs don't really expire it's a gov?pharma plot to get us to buy more drugs. Unreal stupid has no expiration date. We took a bag of drugs up to the La Crescenta Sheriff Station where we were met by a very nice DEA agent. The drugs were disposed of in a large mail box bolted to the ground outside the station. Where they will be picked up and disposed of. What's nice is you can go anytime & drop them off.

    September 26, 2010 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Billshut

    Another dismal failure for the government. I live in a city of over 100,000 people, and yet could not find one single collection point within 50 miles of where I live.

    If the DEA is serious about this program, they'll find a better way to run it. Perhaps work with the existing pharmacies, who could collect the drugs and send them in periodically?

    September 27, 2010 at 07:45 | Report abuse | Reply
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