National Prescription Take Back Day is October 27, 2018

    Last Updated: 8/20/18

    Storing unwanted and expired medications in the home presents a risk for drug abuse or overdose for children and pets. Improper drug disposal can contaminate soil and water. The City of Fort Worth suggests several options for the disposal of expired, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription (controlled and non-controlled) drugs.
    • Permanent Take Back Meds Drop Boxes: Located at three City of Fort Worth police stations (see sidebar for locations and hours).
    Take Back Meds Collection Events: Held twice a year at locations around the city and the country (see sidebar for next event information). Learn more about the DEA take-back programs and find a location near you at Take Back Your Meds.



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      National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. 

      Last fall's Take-Back Day event collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration first launched its Take-Back Day in 2010, and since then has collected more than 9 million pounds of medicine from the public. 

      Check DEA's official Take Back Day website for information and to find collection sites near you.

    • Trash: Only if you are unable to participate in any of the above mentioned programs, follow these steps to dispose of medication in the household trash.
      • Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or open capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as coffee grounds, cat litter or cottage cheese. Place the mixture in a sealed container or plastic bag. Throw the container in the appropriate trash bin.
    • Flushing is not recommended as a disposal method. However, follow disposal instructions on the drug’s label or the patient information that accompanies the medication. You should flush medications ONLY if the label instructs you to do so.
    • If there are no disposal instructions for your medication, the recommendation is to find a local take back program. For more information on any of these disposal options, call 817-392-1234.

    Medical Waste

    Sharps (needles, syringes, lancets)
    Before throwing away sharps in a trash receptacle, place them in a sharps disposal container or hard plastic/metal with a tightly-secured lid (detergent bottles with screw-on lids or a coffee can). When possible, break off syringe needles to prevent reuse.


     Drop off prescription drugs

    Drop off your unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at one of the recently installed “Take Back Drugs” boxes at Fort Worth Police Department substations:

    • Police Headquarters
      350 W. Belknap St.
      (open 24-hrs., seven days a week)
    • East Patrol
      1100 Nashville St.
      (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.)
    • West Patrol
      3525 Marquita. St.
      (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.)