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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – October 24th

This Saturday, October 24th is the National Prescription Take Back Day. We encourage everyone to participate in this important day which reminds us all to check our medicine cabinets to help prevent drug overdose and addiction.

DPS has a drug take back box available to the public in our main front lobby, 24/7/365.

From the Take Back Day website:

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.



Prescription Drug Drop Box

Located in the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety Headquarters

4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Open 24/7/365

YES – Accepted:

Only Schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled substances are acceptable.

  • Written Prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Medication for Pets


  • Schedule I controlled
  • substances, controlled
  • substances that are not lawfully possessed by the ultimate user, and other illicit or dangerous substances are not permitted.
  • Needles (Sharps)
  • Inhalers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Aerosol cans
  • Medication from businesses or clinics
  • Non-prescription ointments,
  • lotions, or liquids

Ad for the Drug take back box at 4040 Chestnut street, open 24/7.