Take Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Take Back Days happen twice a year in April and October. These events and take back events at other times throughout the year are great opportunities for our Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions to impact their communities and raise their profile. Take Back Day combines the reach of Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions and other community groups with local law enforcement to remove potentially addictive substances from homes and communities
During the April 2021 Take Back Day event, Tennesseans turned in more than 27,000 pounds of prescription medications.
If you have prescription drug disposal needs at any time during the year, you can safely and securely dispose of it at one of more than 350 drug drop boxes located across the state. Find the location nearest you on this map.
As we look back on Take Back Day, enjoy this selection of highlights from our coalitions and their activities!
Several Coalitions received positive media coverage for their efforts around Take Back Day. In the photo at right from the Anderson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, a reporter from WATE-TV talks to Sgt. Barry Bunch with the Oak Ridge Police Department. Watch this story and additional media coverage in the YouTube playlist or links below.