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Drug Take-Back Day collects more than 415 pounds of medications

Penn State Health received 415.8 pounds of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications and more than 20 sharps containers for safe disposal during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29.

The event was held in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Derry Township, Mount Joy Borough, Lower Paxton Township and North Londonderry Township police departments. Similar drug take-back events occurred across the country on the same day.

Penn State Health began participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back events in 2015 and has since collected more than 5,000 pounds of unwanted and expired medications and 234 large sharps containers full of used needles and syringes.

Hershey Medical Center offers drug return boxes to collect medications and sharps throughout the year in partnership with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office. People can use them during regular business hours at three Hershey locations:

  • 30 Hope Drive, inside Entrance B
  • Penn State Cancer Institute, near the pharmacy by the main entrance
  • University Physician Center lobby, Door 4, near the pharmacy

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