April 27 | Dispose of medications safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Graphic that says, “DEA National Rx Takeback” over a pill shape. In the background is a prescription bottle that has been knocked over with pills spilling out.

Penn State Health will collect unwanted, unneeded or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 27, as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The public can drop off medications, needles and syringes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following drive-through locations:

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, Academic Support Building, 90 Hope Drive, Hershey
  • Penn State Health Medical Group – Nyes Road, 121 N. Nyes Road, Harrisburg
  • Penn State Health Medical Group – Palmyra, 941 Park Drive, Palmyra
  • Penn State Health Medical Group – Millersville, 15 Shenks Lane, Millersville
  • Penn State Health Medical Group – Mount Joy, 201 Lefever Road, Mount Joy
  • Penn State Health Specialty Services, 429 N. 21st St., Camp Hill
  • Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, 2160 State Road, Lancaster

This event is in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Derry Township, East Pennsboro Township, East Hempfield Township, Millersville Borough, Mount Joy Borough, Lower Paxton Township and North Londonderry Township police departments. Similar events are happening across the U.S.

April 22, 2024Penn State Health News

“National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days play a key role in making our communities safer and healthier,” said Deborah Addo, Penn State Health 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 6,000 pounds of unwanted and expired medications and 270 large sharps containers full of used needles and syringes.

In addition, Milton S. 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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