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Governor Corbett Launches Statewide Healthy Pennsylvania Drug Take-Back Initiative

Governor Tom Corbett today launched another piece of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan.
  (From the Governor's Office)

 Governor Tom Corbett today launched another piece of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan, a permanent statewide drug take-back program that will provide up to 250 secure medicine return boxes throughout Pennsylvania.


  The new MedReturn boxes, installed in 29 Pennsylvania

counties, allow individuals to dispose of unused and

expired prescription and over-the-counter medication

safely and anonymously.


“My Healthy Pennsylvania Drug Take-Back initiative is an

important step in alleviating Pennsylvania’s public health

and safety concerns regarding prescription drug abuse

and misuse, especially among our youth who don’t have

to look further than their own family’s medicine cabinet,”

Governor Corbett said.


Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania Drug Take-

Back initiative is a partnership between the Pennsylvania

District Attorneys Association (PDAA), the Pennsylvania

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and

the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency



“Abuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem that

can lead to addiction, overdose and death,” said DDAP

Secretary Gary Tennis. “I want to thank Governor

Corbett for his leadership on this issue and for making

the drug take-back program a priority under his Healthy

Pennsylvania plan.”


Pennsylvania, along with the rest of the nation, is

experiencing an increase in the misuse and abuse of

prescription medications, especially in school-aged youth.

A 2010 national survey from the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention found that one in five high school

students have abused prescription drugs.

“Unfortunately, district attorneys around Pennsylvania

have seen the negative effects of prescription drug

abuse,” said PDAA President and Cumberland County

District Attorney David Freed. “Safe and anonymous

disposal of prescription drugs is an important way that

state, law enforcement and individuals can all participate

in a partnership focused on prevention.”


Today’s event highlighted the MedReturn box recently

installed in the East Wing entrance to the state Capitol.

Medications accepted in the Capitol box include:

Prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription

medications, prescription ointments, over the

counter medications, vitamins, samples, and pet


Medications not accepted in the Capitol box include:

Needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, and thermometers.

Individuals with unused or unwanted medications can

bring them to the Capitol East Wing, Monday through

Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Capitol

Police Investigative Section will check, weigh and

destroy the contents monthly.

PCCD received a federal grant of $100,000 for the boxes.

Local district attorney offices throughout the state could

apply for a portion of the funding by providing a plan for

the installation of the MedReturn boxes and disposal of

the medications.

To find a MedReturn box in your area, please visit


For more information, visit www.pa.gov.

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