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Pa. State Police to accept unwanted, unused prescription drugs

Published On: Apr 15 2013 03:29:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 03:01:58 PM EDT


The Pennsylvania State Police will be looking for your unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs.

Troopers will accept the medication on Sat., April 27, which is designated as the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked, state police said.

"The ‘Drug Take-Back Program’ aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications," said Commissioner Frank Noonan, Pa. State Police.


The prescription medications may be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at select state police barracks, including Frackville, Schuylkill Co.; Hamburg, Berks Co.; Hanover Twp., Lehigh Co.; Reading; Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill Co.; and Schwenksville, Montgomery Co.

You can find additional drop-off locations by visiting the state police website or the DEA's website.

The program, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), also reduces the introduction of potentially harmful substances into the environment. 

"As few disposal options exist, people tend to discard medications by rinsing them down the sink or by using other improper methods," Noonan said.

The DEA’s fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 29, 2012, resulted in more than 244 tons of unwanted or expired medications at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA. When combined with the collections from the previous four Take-Back events, more than two million pounds of prescription medications were removed from circulation.