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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

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

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Medication disposal centers are located throughout the Geisinger service area.
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