April 30th – PA State Police Accepting Unwanted Prescription Medications
Pennysylvania State Police have announced that on Saturday, April 30, they will be accepting expired and unwanted prescription medications. This is happening as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative. This is a free service, and completely anonymous.
Drop off times are from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.. During this time, unwanted medications can be forfeited at select state police stations. Click here to find your closest collection site.
National Prescription Take-Back Day is a nation wide initiative organized in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration. It’s focus is to encourage the disposal of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs. The intent is to keep these drugs out of the hands of persons who seek to steal, abuse, or sell them to others.
From the website:
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (2013), around 6.8 million U.S. citizens reportedly abused prescription medications in the previous year. More than 50% of those people admitted they received them through friends or relatives.
In September, 2015, 350 tons of prescription drugs were turned in from over 8,000 sites. From the total of 10 Take Back events, the DEA and its collaborators have accept more than 5.5 million pounds of pills.
In addition to prescription drugs, over-the-counter non-prescription drugs are accepted as well. Needles and illicit drugs such as heroin are not accepted, however.
- All pharmaceutical drugs that are being disposed of need to be in a sealed container such as the original bottle or a zip-lock bag.
- Liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container.
- Personal information should be removed or blotted out with a permanent marker.
- Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications
- Tablets and capsules
- Pet medicines
What’s Not Accepted
- Intravenous solutions
- Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)*
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)
- Iodine-containing medications
- Alcohol & illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)
~. G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology
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