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SCRANTON, Pa. – Geisinger has recently expanded its medication take-back program to Lackawanna County with the addition of a medication take-back box at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) in Scranton. GCMC’s medication disposal box, located off the hospital’s Colfax Avenue entrance, is available for use by patients, visitors and employees to safely return unused or expired prescriptions. 

The goal of Geisinger’s medication take-back program, a partnership with Wilkes University and Weis Markets, is twofold: to decrease the abuse and unintentional overdose of prescription drugs by children and teenagers, and to decrease the potential negative impacts of medications on our environment. Geisinger currently has more than 25 take-back boxes installed throughout its service area for the safe, eco-friendly and anonymous disposal of unused and expired medications.  

The take-back boxes are easy to use and accept prescription and over-the-counter medications, including narcotics, in solid, liquid, patch, cream, ointment and spray form. Inhalers, needles, syringes and aerosols are not accepted. The box is securely locked and under 24/7 security surveillance. 

Additionally, there are six take-back box locations in Luzerne County, including three Geisinger CareSite Pharmacy sites at Geisinger Dallas, Geisinger’s Kistler clinic in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, also in Wilkes-Barre. Additional disposal boxes are spread throughout Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder, Montour, Columbia and Dauphin counties.

For more information about Geisinger’s take-back boxes, including locations, hours and frequently asked questions, visit Geisinger.org/takeback.

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Medication disposal centers are located throughout the Geisinger service area.

For media inquiries:

Alysha Davis
Marketing & Communications

570-808-3652
adavis2@geisinger.edu