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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Geisinger has installed medication disposal boxes at several retail locations in Mifflin and Centre counties to help the community combat misuse of prescription drugs. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed, taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain or taking a medication to get high.  

Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region said, "Almost everyone has unused or expired prescriptions taking up space in our medicine cabinets. Unfortunately, they not only clutter our shelves, they can also be dangerous. Unused and expired prescriptions end up in the hands of young children and even teenagers. However,  flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash are not great solutions. The medications will end up in landfills where they can harm the environment and eventually find their way into the water supply. Just bring your old medications and drop them in Geisinger’s medication take-back box and help solve the problem,” he said. 

The boxes are locked and secure so you can return narcotics and controlled substances, and have peace of mind that no one can access them.

Lorraine Tusing, project manager, Geisinger said, “Prescription drug misuse can have serious medical consequences. Increases in prescription drug misuse over the last 15 years are reflected in increased emergency room visits, overdose deaths associated with prescription drugs and treatment admissions for prescription drug use disorders. It is our hope to bring these numbers down in the communities we serve,” she said. 

The boxes are available for you to dispose of your medications during the pharmacy's regular business hours at the following locations:-

Centre County
CareSite Pharmacy Gray’s Woods
132 Abigail Lane 
Port Matilda, PA 16870
Phone: 814-272-1006
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mifflin County
CareSite Pharmacy Belleville
4752 SR 655, Suite A
Belleville, PA 17004
Phone: 717-935-2341
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

CareSite Pharmacy Lewistown
21 Geisinger Lane
Lewistown, PA 17044
Phone: 717-242-4264
Toll-free: 800-325-5140
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon 

For more information on Geisinger’s medication take-back program click here.
Jenny Plummer with medication disposal box
Assistant Director Enterprise Pharmacy Outpatient, Geisinger, Jenny Plummer with the medication disposal box
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