Delaware Public Media

Take Back Drug Day initative is Saturday

Oct 26, 2018

The latest Drug Take Back Day is this weekend, offering another opportunity to dispose of prescription drugs that are no longer needed.


Saturday is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  

People can bring expired, unused, or unwanted medication to a drop-off site anonymously and free-of-charge between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police is part of the effort and its spokesman Jim Salmon says the initiative is a little different for Authority Police because it operates in two states - Delaware and New Jersey.

“So we have three collection sites - one at the Wilmington airport in New Castle, Delaware, one at the Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes, Delaware and the other, the third at the Cape May Ferry Terminal in North Cape May,”  said Salmon. 

Salmon notes that properly disposing of unneeded prescription medicines diminishes opportunities for easy access to those who may abuse the drugs.


Salmon notes, “We’ve participated in the Take Back Initiative since 2010. And during that time period we’ve collected more than a 1,00 pounds of medication, compiled from all of our sites.”


There’s a link to a list of all drop-off locations statewide here.