Harrisburg, PA – Help combat opioid abuse! If you have expired pills or medications that you don’t use anymore, you need to get rid of it in a safe way so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Addicts who abuse medications often start by taking pills from family members’ or friends’ medicine cabinets. Now there are even more prescription drug “take-back boxes” to make it easier to dispose of your pills.

65 new take-back boxes were installed at Pennsylvania State Police stations, including the one in Punxsutawney. Some of those boxes were donated by CVS Pharmacy, as a way of combatting the opioid epidemic.

Most police stations in our area have a location where you can bring your unwanted medications.

For other nearby locations, view the interactive map.

Since the program began in 2015, the Commonwealth has collected and destroyed 301,388 pounds of drugs.

Any solid prescription or over-the-counter medication (pills and capsules) may be anonymously deposited in the secure boxes, including pet medicine. “Sharps” (needles, syringes, EpiPens), liquids, and illicit drugs (heroin, marijuana, LSD, etc.) are not accepted.

Contents of the take-back boxes will be safely destroyed on a quarterly basis by the Pennsylvania National Guard. Contents will be weighed, but no identifying information will be recorded or shared.

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