Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol is encouraging Pennsylvanians to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 30.
During the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, individuals may drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication at any of the hundreds of secure locations throughout the state. The service is free and anonymous.
“All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to take advantage of this important opportunity to safely get rid of any unused or unwanted medications, which reduces the chances of them making their way into the wrong hands,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “I applaud the DEA for its national effort in combatting prescription drug misuse by offering two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days each year. Tomorrow’s designation bolsters our own drug take-back program here in Pennsylvania that is available all year long.”
Since the inception of Pennsylvania’s drug take-back program in 2015, more than 1 million pounds of prescription medication have been destroyed across more than 880 take-back boxes in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. During the first quarter of 2022, law enforcement in Pennsylvania collected and destroyed more than 16,000 pounds of prescription medication.
The DEA has offered National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day since 2010 with the goal of fighting prescription drug misuse by creating convenient ways to dispose of medication that would otherwise be at risk of misuse in home medicine cabinets.
During National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October 2021, the DEA and more than 4,200 law enforcement agencies collected more than 740,000 pounds of unused medication across nearly 5,000 collections sites. In Pennsylvania, 188 law enforcement agencies participated, and more than 30,000 pounds of unused medications were collected across 236 sites.
For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day visit takebackday.dea.gov.
Find one of Pennsylvania’s year-round drug take-back locations at ddap.pa.gov/drugtakeback.
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