Pennsylvania NEWS

Dispose of Unused Medications at Secure Drug Take-Back Boxes Throughout the Commonwealth

7/11/2018
The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is focused on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs by helping residents properly dispose of unused prescription medications. 
 
Many young people who abuse prescription drugs take them from medicine cabinets. Keeping unused opioids or other common drugs of abuse in a medicine cabinet is no longer safe or responsible.

Prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose are growing concerns across the nation. According to a 2015 survey in Pennsylvania, 41.0% of prescription-drug-using students indicated taking the drugs from a family member living in their home, 41.8% indicated that a friend or family member gave them to the student, 26.9% indicated that they bought them from someone, 14.1% indicated they took them from someone not related to them, and 12.9% indicated they took them from relatives who were not living in their home.

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA), has worked to facilitate the installation of secure, permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in communities throughout the state.

Visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs' website to learn more.