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Drug Take-Back Program

Governor Tom Wolf and this administration have made addressing the opioid epidemic a top priority. Last year, more than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose, which amounts to 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014.

Keeping unneeded prescription drugs in a medicine cabinet is no longer safe or responsible. Disposing of unwanted pharmaceuticals is becoming readily available and environmentally safe through drug take-back programs.

For citizens who want to know the most effective and environmentally safe way to dispose of unused prescription medicines, including opioids, please visit The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This site, at the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), provides a search function to find sites participating in the program by zip code. Or, contact your local law enforcement office to find out if they have established a permanent collection location for unwanted or expired drugs.

Through drop-off programs, law enforcement officials collect and incinerate controlled and non-controlled substances to get these drugs off the street, out of our homes and out of landfills, generated leachate, and discharges of treated leachate.

According to DDAP, since 2015, approximately 145,857 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected and properly destroyed. To date, this program has placed over 500 take-back boxes across 62 of the Commonwealth's 67 counties, primarily at municipal police departments. So far in 2016, approximately 51,965 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected and destroyed as of August 1st.

For more information about pharmaceutical disposal, please visit the following websites: