It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet.
This Saturday, April 26 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors an annual no-questions-asked National Prescription Take-Back Day.
People can drop off unused or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
Gettysburg Area Recreation Park (545 Long Lane, Gettysburg)
Gettysburg Barracks – Pennsylvania State Police (3033 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg)
Alpha Fire Co. #1 (40 East King Street, Littlestown)
Bermudian Springs School Complex (7335 Carlisle Pike, York Springs)
Biglerville Hose and Truck Co. #1 (111 South Main Street, Biglerville)
Eastern Adams Regional Police Station (110 North Berlin Avenue, New Oxford)
Fairfield Fire & EMS Department (106 Steelman Street, Fairfield)
Hanover Giant Pharmacies (455 Eisenhower Drive and at 801 Baltimore Street)
GIANT Food Stores—5301 Simpson Ferry Roads, Mechanicsburg
GIANT Food Stores—310 E. Penn Drive, Enola
GIANT Food Stores—397 Baltimore Road, Shippensburg
Harrisburg Barracks—Pennsylvania State Police (8000 Bretz Drive, Harrisburg)
Elizabethville Barracks—Pennsylvania State Police (301 State Drive, Elizabethville)
Derry Township Police: Bring your pills for disposal to the Hershey Public Library (701 Cocoa Ave. Hershey)
GIANT Food Stores—450 East Main Street, Middletown
GIANT Food Stores– 5074 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg
GIANT Food Stores—2300 Lingelstown Road, Harrisburg
Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1730 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201
GIANT Food Stores—1008 Lititz Pike, Lititz
GIANT Food Stores—1278 S. Market Street, Elizabethtown
Jonestown Barracks—Pennsylvania State Police (3185 Route 72, Jonestown)
South Londonderry Township Municipal Building, 20 W. Market St., Campbelltown
Cornwall Borough Municipal Building, 36 Burd Coleman Road, Cornwall
Newport Barracks—Pennsylvania State Police (52 Red Hill Court, Newport)
Wal-Mart Supercenter, 495 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover, PA 17331
GIANT Food Stores—14635 Mt. Airy Road, Shrewsbury
GIANT Food Stores—1255 Carlisle Road, York
GIANT Food Stores—279 Pauline Drive, York
GIANT Food Stores—3175 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion
GIANT Food Stores—455 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover
GIANT Food Stores—801 Baltimore Street, Hanover
GIANT Food Stores—2130 Palomino Road, Dover
Even if you’re not planning to dispose of expired or extra medications, don’t give leftover prescription drugs to others. Doctors prescribe medication based on specific aspects of a patient’s condition and medical history. Health officials warn that prescription drugs can be dangerous for people who weren’t originally meant to be taking.
During the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26, 2013, Pennsylvanian’s turned in 38,196 pounds of expired and unwanted medications for safe and proper disposal at the 418 take-back sites within Pennsylvania.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in one month alone, nearly seven million Americans over the age of 12 reported abusing prescription medications. Approximately 60 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers indicate that they obtained the prescription drugs from friends or relatives for free, often taking the drugs without permission.