Dose of Reality: Drug Take Back Day

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 will be held in April 2022.

A total of 57,377 pounds of unused and unwanted medications were collected 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. 

Orange bottles on a shelf.

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.

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

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.

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

Find a collection site near you

A map showing the locations of the collection sites for the next Drug Take Back Day will be posted here in early April 2022.

Missed a Drug Take Back Day event? That's okay.

There are many permanent drug drop boxes located across Wisconsin that are open year-round. 

Drug disposal box

Last Revised: November 5, 2021