Prescription Drug Disposal Program

About the Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Pennsylvania, and District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis is doing something about it by installing three (3) secure medicine return boxes that will allow people to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication safely and anonymously.

“The best way to avoid the risks of prescription drug abuse, especially for children and teenagers, is to safely dispose of medications when they are unused or expired,” said District Attorney Salavantis. “These PA MedReturn drop boxes offer the public a safe, accessible, and convenient alternative to keeping prescription drugs that aren’t being used in the home where they can get in the wrong hands or be disposed of in landfills or down the drain where they can end up in the water supply.”

The PA MedReturn boxes were awarded to the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office through a grant program made possible by a partnership between the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of Governor Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA initiative.

“Governor Corbett’s Healthy PA initiative focuses on ensuring safe and appropriate access to prescription medications,” said Gary Tennis, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “Our goal in creating this program is to provide education opportunities for the public, while reducing drug abuse and dependency.”

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem and has been classified an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In recent years, district attorneys across Pennsylvania have seen an increase in teenage pill parties, driving under the influence, and a dramatic increase in the use of heroin all related to prescription drug addiction.

Drop-Off Sites

Drop your unwanted medication off year-round at these locations:

Dupont Municipal Building
600 Chestnut Street
Dupont, PA 18641

Forty-Fort Police Department
1271 Wyoming Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

Hanover Township Municipal Building
1267 Sans Souci Parkway
Hanover, PA 18706

Hazleton City Hall
40 N Church Street
Hazleton, PA 18201

Kingston Township Police Department
180 E Center Street
Shavertown, PA 18708

Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Nanticoke Police Department
15 E Ridge Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634

Pittston City Police Department
35 Broad Street
Pittston, PA 18640

Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department
150 Watson Street
Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702