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22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for April 30. IACLEA, as well as NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, have partnered with DEA for several years to take part in this event.

The upcoming take back day is an opportunity for entire campus communities—including  

students, faculty, staff, and neighbors—to bring unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to authorized collection sites for proper disposal.

On April 30, collection sites staffed by authorized law enforcement officials will be open from 10 AM-2 PM (local time).

“We hope you will join us in this effort by encouraging your campus community to participate in this event,” said IACLEA President Patrick Ogden.

“The drug overdose epidemic in the United States has reached every population, including college students,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Take Back Day is another step in our collective effort to combat the tragic surge in U.S. overdoses by preventing prescription drug misuse. We encourage students, faculty, and staff on our college and university campuses to clear out unwanted and unneeded medications, helping to make our communities safer and healthier.”

For campus public safety leaders who may need an official letter to convince their university leadership to participate, click here.

The most recent take back day on October 23, 2021, brought in close to 745,000 pounds of unused, expired, and unneeded medications across the country.

Click here for more additional information and resources on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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