HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania residents now have more options when it comes to disposing of their old or unwanted medication.
The state has installed 65 drug take-back boxes at Pennsylvania State Police stations, providing people with a safe method for disposing of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, officials said.
"PSP stations provide highly visible, well-known locations for prescription drug take-back boxes with lobbies that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Commissioner Tyree Blocker. "By combining existing infrastructure with donated collection units, we are able to provide a valuable public health and safety resource to the communities we serve."
More than 4,800 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose in 2016, according to state officials, who said that the take-back boxes help to keep dangerous pills from falling into the wrong hands.
"The proper use, storage, and disposal of unused or unwanted prescription medications are an important part of the battle against this public health crisis," said Jennifer Smith, the acting secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). "The fight against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania is a true team effort."
Since the drug take-back program began in 2015, Pennsylvania has collected and destroyed 301,388 pounds of drugs, Smith said.
CVS Health donated the collection boxes, which are secure and can accept any solid prescription or over-the-counter medication (pills and capsules), including pet medicine. Needles, syringes, liquids, and illicit drugs are not accepted.
The Reading-based Troop L has five stations, three of which are equipped with the new drug drop boxes. They are the Hamburg station in Tilden Township, Berks County; the Schuylkill Haven station in Schuylkill County; and the Jonestown station in Lebanon County.
The new boxes are also available at the Belfast, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Lehighton, and Skippack state police stations.
The state DDAP has an interactive map of locations on its website.
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