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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
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to 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:

Megan Sobieski
Corporate Communications

570-703-8179
mlsobieski@geisinger.edu