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International Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Drug Take Back Event Canceled due to weather. Please visit one of our MedDrop sites to dispose of prescription medicine year round.

Too often, unused and unwanted medications find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. Bringing unused and unwanted medications to a Drug Take Back Day collection site protects you, your family, and your community. The next Drug Take Back Day is April 30, 2022.

A total of 57,377 pounds of unused and unwanted medications were collected in Wisconsin during the last drug take back period that ended with the October 23, 2021, Drug Take Back Day. This was the largest collection in the United States.

How to participate

It’s easy to participate in Drug Take Back Day. Just stop by a collection site and drop your items into a bin. That’s it. No questions are asked. You can be in and out of a collection site in minutes.

3 Locations:

Elver Park
1250 Mckenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53719

Olbrich Park
3527 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53714

Mt. Zion Baptist
2019 Fisher St
Madison, WI 53713

What to bring

Prescription and over-the-counter medications may be disposed of at Drug Take Back Day collection sites, including:

  • Capsules
  • Creams
  • Inhalers
  • Non-aerosol sprays
  • Ointments
  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Vials

Additional Information

Liquids must be in their original container.

Pet medications are accepted.

Vape pens are accepted with the batteries removed. Other e-cigarette devices are accepted with the batteries removed. These batteries are highly flammable. That’s why it is important that the batteries are removed before the pen or device is placed in a collection bin.

The following items are not accepted:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Anything containing blood or a bodily fluid
  • Household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Iodine containing medications
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.)
  • Sharps/syringes
  • Vape pens/e-cigarette devices with a built-in battery that cannot be removed




April 30, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Safe Communities
(608) 441-3060
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Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.