Drug Buy Back Program

10.24.13 | Jeremy Miller

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling for the federal government to fund a drug buyback program in an attempt to prevent the drugs from falling into the wrong hands. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has something called drug take back programs. However, Schumer says they are not held frequently enough.

"The take backs are few and far between, when they happen they're very successful," Schumer said at Family Medical Pharmacy in Williamsville.

Schumer wants to boost drug take back accessibility nationwide by allowing pharmacies to hold take backs whenever they want. He says people should get a shopper's card for the drugs they bring in.

This is similar to the gun buyback program, where if you have a gun you don't want, you can turn it in for reimbursement, which comes from cash that's seized in drug raids.

Schumer says that the state would have to approve and monitor the pharmacies to make sure they are appropriately discarding the unwanted pills.

The state legislature has passed a law to allow pharmacies to take prescription pills, but federal law trumps state law. It comes down to the DEA changing its policy to expand the drug take back program.

The DEA stresses that if you have unwanted pills to discard them during a national take back initiative, which is being held this Saturday. The links below will help you find a drop off location near you.


Find a location in New York.

Find a location in Pennsylvania.