Sometime between now and this Saturday, open up your medicine cabinet and take a look around. I imagine you'll likely find at least one bottle of prescription medication that is well past its expiration date hiding in the back that you never finished and just kept moving out of the way to get to other things. It might be an antibiotic you were prescribed when you were sick. Or, it could be something much stronger like a muscle relaxer or pain pill you were given due to an injury or surgical procedure. Whatever they are, you don't need them anymore or you would have remembered they were in there in the first place. But, how do you get rid of them? You let the Evansville Police Department do it for you.

What is National Drug Take Back Day?

The Evansville Police will once again take part in the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28th (2023), giving you the chance to properly dispose of those prescriptions that have expired, you no longer need, or no longer want with no questions asked.

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According to the DEA, the goal of the annual event is to help curb, and ideally, eliminate entirely, the theft, or accidental use, of prescription drugs that lead to abuse, and sometimes far more tragic situations like death. In the years since the program's inception, law enforcement agencies across the country have collected 8,650 TONS of unwanted or unused prescription drugs, 332 Tons of which were collected during the last take back in April.

Where to Drop Off Your Unused Prescription Medication

Both pill and liquid prescriptions can be dropped off at the National Guard Armory on East Division Street just off the Lloyd Expressway on Evansville's east side between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday.

Other Drop-Off Locations Available

If you can't make it to the Armory for whatever reason on Saturday, there will be other law enforcement agencies around the area set up at a variety of locations ready to take your medications during the same time frame. You can find the one closest to you on the DEA's Take Back Day website.

[Source: Evansville Police Department on Facebook / DEA]

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