National Drug Take Back Day occurs in April & October


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Longview Walgreens. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”

“I encourage everyone to participate in the National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and take just a few minutes to rid their homes of any unneeded or expired medications,” said Todd Scott, DEA Special Agent.  “This small act will go a long way in making our communities safer, by providing safe disposal and keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.”

According to the DEA, drug overdose deaths are up 16 percent in the last year, claiming more than 290 lives every day.  According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, more than 106,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021, marking the most drug-related deaths ever recorded, with opioid-related deaths accounting for 75 percent of all overdose deaths.

For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped Americans dispose of unneeded medications, that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed, that too often become a gateway to addiction. Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts are directly in line with DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

On Saturday, October 29th, EPIC and local law enforcement will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. 

Longview Walgreens, Kelso Rite Aid, and Castle Rock Police Department (parking lots) will be local drop off sites during the event (location finder and partner toolbox are available HERE for easy reference to collection sites.

Year-round receptacles are available at more than 13,000 pharmacies, hospitals, police departments, and business. Additionally, with the passage of the DUMP Opioids Act in 2021, the public may now use drop boxes at Veterans Administration medical centers to dispose of controlled substance prescription medications. Check with your local VA health facility for more information.  With more than 13,000 year-round drop-off locations in the United States, every day can be Take Back day.

National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. FREE Year-Round Disposal of medications and sharps can be disposed of year-round at collection sites across Cowlitz counties:

Community drop-off sites for Prescription Drugs


Community kiosk drop-off sites allows the public to bring expired or unwanted medicines to convenient locations for proper disposal. Residents may also go to selected locations to request a Mail-Back Package for expired or unwanted medicines.

Do not place medicines in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet.

  • Longview Police Department, 1351 Hudson Street, Longview, WA 98632
  • Kaiser Permanente, 1230 7th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
  • Cowlitz County Health & Human Services, 1952 9th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
  • Rite Aid (both Kelso & Longview pharmacy locations)
  • Genoa Pharmacy, 921 14th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
  • Cowlitz County Sherriff's Department, 312 SW First Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626. Open: 24 hours
  • Kelso Police Department, 201 South Pacific, Kelso, WA 98626
  • For other safe free medication drop-off locations across Washington State, visit TakeBackYourMeds.org. You can also visit Starts with One and MED-Project to learn more about how to safely store medication, dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication, and the importance of removing prescription opioid medications from homes.

Why Safely Dispose of Medication?

11. Stop accidental poisoning
  • About half of the Washington State Poison Center calls are related to young children accidentally ingesting medications found at home1.
  • Young children, pets, and seniors are at risk of accidental poisonings by unlocked medications in the home.
  • In the case of an accidental ingestion, call the Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Watch Poison Help Line Video
22. Reduce Access to prescription drugs

More than 4 in 10 teens who misused or abused a prescription drug took it from their parent’s medicine cabinet. Keep all medications, alcohol, and marijuana locked and out of reach of teens and young children.

33. Keep our waterways and environment healthy
  • Reduce chemicals in the environment by disposing of medications at a drug take back site.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain – drugs are harmful to our water and our environment.
  • Do not throw away medication in the trash – it’s easily accessible to people going through trash, or it will eventually end up in our water or environment.

Unwanted or Unused Medications?

Safely dispose of medications at a local drug take back site and note the specifications for medication return at each site.


Find the closest site to you at www.takebackyourmeds.org

Remember: Keep any medications in your home out of reach and locked away.

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