Prescription Drug Disposal

With the continued battle against drug abuse in the local communities—illegal substances, over-the-counter medications, and prescription drugs —it's important to be informed on what individuals can do to limit access to old or unused medications at home.

The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program focuses on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription medications by helping communities properly dispose of unused prescription medications.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol programs:

Dangers of Improper Prescription Disposal 

  • Almost all prescription drugs involved in overdoses are originally prescribed by physicians
  • Prescription drug abuse has quadrupled in the past ten years; it now results in more deaths than all illicit street drugs combined.
  • Prescription drug abuse is growing among adolescents in Pennsylvania: 13 percent of high school-aged children have abused opioid pain relievers, 6 percent tranquilizers, and 12 percent amphetamines (Adderall and Ritalin)
  • Improper disposal of prescription drugs could create environmental hazards impacting groundwater and rivers and harming wildlife.  

Preparing items for disposal at a Take-Back Box location 

  • All pharmaceutical drugs that are being disposed of need to be in a sealed container such as the original bottle or a zip-lock bag.
  • Liquid pharmaceuticals should not exceed 4 oz. and remain in the original container.
  • Personal information should be removed or blotted out with a permanent marker.  

Items Accepted 

  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications
  • Tablets and capsules
  • Pet medicines  

Items NOT Accepted

  • Intravenous solutions
  • Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)*
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)
  • Iodine-containing medications
  • Thermometers
  • Alcohol & illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)

Drug Take Back Locations in Union County:

Lewisburg Pharmacy

                50 N. 2nd St.
                Lewisburg, PA 17837

                570-768-4446

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-6 pm
                Saturday: 9 am-1 pm

Union County Courthouse

                103 S. 2nd St.
                Lewisburg, PA 17837

                570-524-8716

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-4 pm

Mifflinburg Police Department

                120 N. 3rd St.
                Mifflinburg, PA 17844

                570-966-1027

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-4:30 pm

 

Drug Take Back Locations in Northumberland County:

Northumberland County Courthouse

                201 Market St.
                Sunbury, PA 17801

                570-988-4155

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-4:30 pm

Milton Police Department

                1 Filbert St.
                Milton, PA 17847

                570-742-8757

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-4 pm

Drug Take Back Locations in Snyder County:

Selinsgrove Police Department

                100 W. Pine St.
                Selinsgrove, PA 17870

                570-374-8655

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-noon & 1-4 pm

Snyder County Sheriff’s Department

                12 S. Main St.
                Middleburg, PA 17842

                570-837-3311

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-4 pm

Middleburg Police Department

                13 N. Main St.
                Middleburg, PA 17842

                570-837-0321

                Monday-Friday: 8 am-6 pm

Shamokin Dam Police Department

                42 W. 8th Ave.
                Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

                570-743-2671

                Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm