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Federal Employee Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 24

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, federal employees and contractors can safely, confidentially and conveniently dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs. By participating in Federal Employee Prescription Drug Take Back Day, you can help free your home from a dangerous hazard -- prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that can be misused.

If you are a federal employee or contractor, bring your unwanted, unused or expired prescription and OTC drugs to one of the following convenient locations from 10am until 2pm on April 24.

Drop off locations:

  • On-campus - Building 31A Lobby
  • Off-campus - Neuroscience Center (NSC), 6001 Executive Boulevard, Cafeteria
  • Off-campus – NCI Shady Grove, 9609 Medical Center Drive, TE 310
  • Baltimore – Biomedical Research Center (BRC), 251 Bayview Boulevard, 3rd Floor Lobby

At the last Drug Take Back Day in October 2018, NIH collected over 282 lbs of pharmaceutical drugs, second only to FDA as the top HHS government collection site in the nation.

Nationwide collection on Saturday, April 27

For those employees and contractors unable to take advantage of Wednesday's event or not located in the Washington, DC/Baltimore region, National Prescription Drug Take Back events are scheduled on Saturday, April 27 at collection sites throughout the United States. For more information or to find the closest collection site on October, visit:

Prescription medications, including pain relievers, can alleviate suffering and help restore quality of life for many patients. However, the misuse of prescription drugs such as opioids has become an urgent public health problem, affecting both youth and adults and contributing to marked increases in unintentional poisoning-related deaths and emergency room visits. Drug overdoses killed almost 64,000 people in the United States in 2016. About two-thirds of these deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid. And, in 2017, more than 11 million people in the United States misused prescription pain relievers and 1.7 million had a pain reliever use disorder in the past year.

We know easy access is contributing to this problem. Data shows that more than half of people who misused prescription pain relievers in the past year get them from friends and family members.

For more information about opioid misuse in particular, please visit: and

To learn more about prescription drug misuse and prevention, please visit:

To find treatment resources for prescription drug misuse and dependence, please visit:

We encourage you to take part in this effort to reduce the public health threat posed by prescription and OTC drug misuse in this country, and to begin by taking a look in your own medicine cabinet.