National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 26

Columbia University Public Safety is partnering with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide a safe disposal location for unused prescription medications in Upper Manhattan as part of the DEA’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

October 09, 2019

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – held on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – allows anyone in the community to anonymously turn in their unused or expired prescription medication (pills or patches only) for safe disposal, free of charge.

Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices, with the batteries already removed, will also be accepted for collection from individual consumers only.

While there are safe disposal locations throughout the city, Columbia University’s Morningside Campus is the most convenient Take-Back location for those living on the west side of Upper Manhattan, representing the 26th NYPD precinct. Public Safety will have tables set up on College Walk, at 116th Street and Broadway.

Visit the DEA Diversion Control Division Website for other participating locations in New York City and across the country, and to learn more about how to safely dispose of prescription drugs. Since its inception in 2010, the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back events have resulted in the safe collection and disposal of more than 11 million pounds of pills.

We encourage our neighbors to join us participating in this important initiative. Together, we can ensure the health and safety of the University and its surrounding communities.