Oct. 28th National Prescription Drugs Take-Back Day


Date: October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ka Waena Lapaʻau Medical Complex (Upper Parking Lot)
670 Ponohawai Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Hawaiʻi Police Department (Kealakehe Police Station Parking Lot)
74-0611 Hale Mākaʻi Place
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety from accidental poisonings and groundwater contamination.
This recurring one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse and provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
  • The program is free & anonymous.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
  • Liquid medications – cough medicine with codeine and other over-the-counter liquid medications accepted.
  • Injectables (pre-loaded with medication) and needles/sharps/syringes will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
For more information, please visit the National Take-Back Initiative website or the State of Hawai‘i Department of the Attorney General (media release page). Unsure of which location is closest to you?  Try the DEA National Drug Take-Back Initiative Collection Site Search service.
*Mahalo to the County of Hawaii’s Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division and Recycling Section for making this announcement and having it readily available for Recycle Hawaii to share.