National Drug Take Back Day on September 12

The National Drug Take Back Program, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is a great opportunity to get rid of unused medication to make sure it does not fall into the wrong hands or end up in our waterways.  Pennsylvania’s Take Back Day will be held at various collection sites on September 12 from 10am to 2pm.

According to Penn State Extension, “[a]ny over the counter, controlled substance, or prescription required drugs can be submitted.  Tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, and liquids will be accepted in its packaging.  No need to take medicines out of the original package or container.  The public can submit it as is, no need to separate pills or medication in any form.  Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to safety reasons.  This event is absolutely anonymous and personal information on the medications can be covered with a marker if desired.”

To find a collection site near you, visit the DEA’s website at

Take advantage of this program to make sure medications in your house are disposed of properly.

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