Drug Take-Back Program
Governor Tom Wolf and his administration have made addressing the opioid epidemic a top priority. In January 2018, Governor Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Declaration so the state could focus resources and break down government siloes to address the burgeoning heroin and opioid epidemic. In 2018, nearly 4,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug-related overdoses, equating to 12 deaths each day. While progress is being made (2018 saw an 18% decrease in drug-related overdose deaths compared to 2017) there’s still more work to be done.
To find the most effective and environmentally safe way to dispose of unused prescription medicines, including opioids, please visit The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. 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 and out of our homes and of landfills. For more information about pharmaceutical disposal, please visit the following websites: