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Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ramon Paul, service chief of WRNMMC Ambulatory Procedure Unit, demonstrates how easy it is to safely dispose of unused or expired prescriptions using one of two MedSafe collection bins at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Photo by Vernishia Vaughn, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)
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Drug Take Back Program

The Military Health System established the Drug Take Back program to help beneficiaries properly dispose of their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

  • The program is available at all military pharmacies in United States and Puerto Rico.
  • Military pharmacies in all other overseas areas will operate under the medication disposal guidance of their host nations. 

Requirements for Military Pharmacy Disposal Sites

Military pharmacies operating as disposal sites must meet strict U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) guidelines for collecting and ultimate disposal of prescription drugs.

Drug Take Back Options

Military pharmacies will offer one or both of the following drug take back options:

  • Mail-in envelopes distributed at military pharmacies
  • Secure receptacles at military pharmacies

The preferred national vendor is Sharps Compliance, Inc. You can get materials for your facility through Defense Logistics Agency national purchasing contracts. 

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Last Updated: May 17, 2024
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