DEA Take-Back Days

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has conducted 26 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in partnership with Operation UNITE, the Kentucky State Police, and other agencies.

The next National DEA Take-Back Day
will be conducted in October 2024

During the last DEA Take-Back Day, held Saturday, April 27, 2024, UNITE turned in 2,100 pounds (1.05 tons) of medications – 16.73% of Kentucky’s 12,545 pounds (6.27 tons). Since October 1, 2012, UNITE has collected 60,933.7 pounds (more than 30.46 tons) of medications from these drop boxes (updated 6-3-2024).

There are 48 medication drop boxes in or adjacent to Operation UNITE’s service area where residents can take their unwanted medications. These boxes are available year-round during regular business hours of the host locations.

Since 2010, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 18,570,487 pounds (9,285 tons) of prescription medications from circulation. Of this amount, Kentucky has collected 259,014 pounds (129.5 tons).