National Take Back Initiative

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. A national take-back day is scheduled to provide a unified opportunity for the public to bring expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.

Saturday, Sept. 27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two locations - drop off in parking lots, not inside stores

  • North Irving
    Walgreens (parking lot only)
    5310 N. MacArthur Blvd.
  • South Irving
    Walgreens (parking lot only)
    1330 N Belt Line Road
    Irving Texas 75061

Collection Day Protocols

  • Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications may be collected from individuals.  The general public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status.
  • This program is anonymous and all efforts should be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications.  No questions or requests for identification should be made.
  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted.  
  • Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.  The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

For more information, call the Office of Environmental Stewardship at (972) 721-2355.