DEA National Drug Take-Back Day

Penn State Health & Derry Township PD taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 24 at Academic Support Building, 90 Hope Drive, Hershey

[Hershey, PA] – On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Penn Sate Health, The Derry Township Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, Academic Support Building at 90 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. (Sites cannot accept liquids. only pills, patches, or needles/syringes for these particular sites.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This October's event is DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago. 

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines.


For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com   

There will also be two other sites that Penn State Health will be hosting drug take-backs -

Penn State Health Medical Group - Nyes Road with Lower Paxton Township Police, 121 N. Nyes Road, Harrisburg

Penn State Health Medical Group - Palmyra with North Londonderry Township Police, 941 Park Drive, Palmyra