Prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’ is Saturday

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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A bipartisan congressional investigation released Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, found that key players in the nation’s opioid industry have spent $65 million since 1997 funding nonprofits that advocate treating pain with medications, a strategy intended to boost the sale of prescription painkillers.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Drug Enforcement Administration and local agencies are holding a prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’ on Saturday to help you get rid of any potentially dangerous, expired or unused drugs in your home.

The DEA says most instances of abused prescription drugs are from family members and friends getting into medicine cabinets. With mental health concerns rising during the pandemic, the agency says clearing out unused medicine is essential. Last October, DEA held its previous Take Back Day and brought in nearly 500 tons of prescription drugs across its collection sites.

“Participating in drug take-back events is one step that individuals can do to help positively impact the opioid crisis and protect their loved ones,” said Eastern Washington U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington. “We now face a national epidemic reaching every corner of America. Opioid overdoses have skyrocketed since the late 1990’s, becoming the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. The United States is seeing an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prescription drug misuse and overdose deaths do not discriminate – they can impact anyone of any age, race, gender or demographic.”

There are a few events across the Inland Northwest:


The event will run from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday at the Northtown Mall with the help of Spokane Police. Collection sites will follow COVID safety guidelines.


The Hayden Fire Station on Hayden Ave between Highway 95 and Government Way will collect medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other Idaho Sites

Find a permanent prescription drug take back location by searching your zip code here.