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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

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Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Medication disposal centers are located throughout the Geisinger service area.
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