Dispose of medications safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 22
Penn State Health will collect unwanted, unneeded or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 22, as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. People can drop off medications, needles and syringes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following drive-through locations:
- Academic Support Building, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, 90 Hope Drive, Hershey
- Penn State Health Medical Group – Mount Joy, 201 Lefever Road, Mount Joy
- Penn State Health Medical Group – Nyes Road, 121 N. Nyes Road, Harrisburg
- Penn State Health Medical Group – Palmyra, 941 Park Drive, Palmyra
The event is in partnership with the DEA and the Derry Township, Lower Paxton Township, Mount Joy Borough and North Londonderry Township police departments. Similar events are happening across the U.S.
“National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days play a key role in making our communities safer and healthier,” said Deborah Addo, Penn State Health executive vice president and chief operating officer. “By collecting unwanted and expired medications, as well as used needles and syringes, we’re keeping them out of the hands of children and others who could accidentally – or intentionally – harm themselves.”
Penn State Health has participated in the events, which take place twice a year, since 2015. Those efforts have collected more than 5,400 pounds of unwanted and expired medications and 230 large sharps containers full of used needles and syringes.
In addition, Hershey Medical Center has offered drug return boxes since 2019 in partnership with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office. People can use them during regular business hours at these 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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