Drug Takeback - Federal agencies that promote take-backs for pharmaceutical waste

Federal Agencies that Promote Take-Backs for Pharmaceutical Waste

In addition to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) promote the use of drug take-back programs.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy supports convenient and environmentally responsible prescription drug disposal programs. Decreasing the supply of unused prescription drugs in homes is one of ONDCP's four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse.

The Food and Drug Administration encourages consumers to take advantage of drug take-back programs, including the DEA's national one-day events.

The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that discarding unwanted medication through flushing and trash disposal contributes to pharmaceutical and personal care product (PPCP) contamination in the environment. The EPA encourages the proper disposal of drugs through pharmaceutical take-back programs, where available, as a straightforward way to prevent pollution.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the American Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America to form the SMARXT DISPOSAL™ public awareness campaign. The SMARxT DISPOSAL campaign discourages consumers from flushing unused medications and suggests that they participate in the national DEA drug take-back days or other local take-back collection programs.