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Medication Disposal Project

Protecting kids & wildlife from dangerous medicine 

National effort to curb improper prescription disposal
There’s a big drug problem in Pennsylvania and across the country. But it’s not the one you think.

Did you know more than 440 million prescription medications in the U.S. are either expired or unused each year?
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, hundreds of thousands of cases of improper medicine use are reported to Poison Control Centers in the United States each year. And among teens, prescription drugs second only to marijuana as a popular source of drugs 1.

That’s why we’re leading the way to keep expired/unused medicine away from children and the environment in our region and across the country.

Grandparents' medications account for 10% to 20% of accidental pediatric intoxications in the United States.

- U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Geisinger is there

Attacking improper medication disposal head-on 
To support the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 and protect the safety of our children and wildlife, we’re working with local, state and federal agencies to combat improper drug disposal.

Our efforts include:

  • Talking to our patients: Surveying a large portion of our patient base to find out their attitudes about medication disposal. We then used what we learned to educate the community at large about the health and environmental dangers of old, unused prescriptions.
  • Participating in “National Take-Back Days”: Encouraging the drop-off of unused medications at secure locations, while developing educational programs to engage the community. At Geisinger Medical Center, our program has recovered hundreds of pounds of unused medication. 
  • Partnering with other medical organizations: Working with private contractors and medicine haulers to develop a cost-effective ways to properly organize, collect and destroy unused medications.
  • Protecting the environment: We’ve established a relationship with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Boat Commission. Recent studies have shown an increased contamination of U.S. drinking water and wildlife by improperly disposed medications.

Help keep kids safe and protect our environment
Please discard your expired, non-narcotic prescriptions at a participating Geisinger pharmacy today.

1 2011 White House Report, Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, pg. 1

Top 3 reasons to properly dispose of medications:

  • Dumped or flushed prescriptions may harm the environment.
  • Children can be harmed by accidentally ingested prescriptions.
  • Prescriptions are the second-leading cause of teen drug abuse in the U.S. 

Where to Discard Unused/Expired Prescriptions

  • Return expired, unused prescriptions to a Geisinger Pharmacy for eco-friendly, responsible disposal of medications. 
  • Drop off medications at Bush Pavilion, Knapper Clinic (both at Geisinger Medical Center) outpatient pharmacies or at any CareSite Pharmacy.

Note:  Geisinger Pharmacies cannot accept controlled substances or narcotics.

Knapper Clinic
100 North Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
(570) 271-8717
(570) 271-5609 Fax
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 pm M-F
             8 a.m. – noon Saturday

Bush Pavilion Clinic (1st floor)
100 North Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
(570) 271-6451
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6 pm M-F

Geisinger CareSite Pharmacies

Grays Woods
132 Abigail Lane
Port Matilda, PA 16870
(814) 272-1006
(866) 516-7969
(814) 272-1020 Fax
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Geisinger Wyoming Valley
1000 East Mountain Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
(570) 826-7969
(800) 303-9391
(570) 820-6157 Fax
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Central Wilkes-Barre
175 South Wilkes-Barre Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(570) 821-0808
(800) 303-9391
(570) 823-6239 Fax
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Scenery Park
200 Scenery Drive 
State College, PA 16801
(814) 213-2052
(800) 363-9715
(570) 823-6239 Fax
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F

10 Trieble Drive 
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-2273
(866) 643-5161
(570) 836-2274 Fax
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F

529 Terry Reiley Way Scenery
The Lewis Fanelli Building
Pottsville, PA 17901
(570) 624-4120
(570) 624-4127 Fax
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M-F

Lake Scranton
125 Scranton-Pocono Highway  
Scranton, PA 18505
(570) 963-2305
(877) 520-6206
(570) 963-2306 Fax
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  M-T
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. F
9 a.m. to noon Saturday

Mount Pocono
126 Market Way
Mount Pocono Business Park
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
(570) 895-5055
(866) 295-6047
(570) 895-5056 Fax
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  M-T
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. F
9 a.m. to noon Saturday

21 Geisinger Lane
Lewistown, PA 17044
(717) 242-4264
(800) 325-5140
(717) 242-4266 Fax
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  M-T
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  F
9 a.m. to noon Saturday

114 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 255-1167
(855) 255-1167
(570) 255-1169 Fax
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  M-T
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. F
9 a.m. to noon Saturday

300 Hollywood Blvd. Lt.
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
(570) 968-1320
(570) 968-1330 Fax
Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm