National prescription drug take back day locations

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Capital BlueCross is encouraging people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 30. The annual event is an opportunity to bring unused or expired prescription medications to local drop-off locations so they can be properly and safely disposed.

Capital BlueCross is a leader in fighting the opioid and heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. The company has contributed $150,000 to provide law enforcement officers with naloxone, a drug that can reverse a potentially fatal overdose. Naloxone works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and temporarily restores breathing in someone who has overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin. It is easily administered by being sprayed into each nostril.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is a collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Collection activities will take place on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To find a drop-off location near you, visit Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs click here.