Penn Medicine Pharmacies Now Offering Drug Take Back Disposal System

Prescription bottles and pills on a counter.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, throwing medicine away by flushing down the sink or toilet or by throwing in the trash can be dangerous to the environment. Medicine that gets into groundwater, rivers and soil can get into drinking water and harm people, plants and wildlife.

To help patients properly dispose of unused medications, Penn Medicine is now offering Drug Take Back Disposal Systems. The systems serve as disposal for controlled prescriptions (medications that can cause dependence) and non-controlled patient prescriptions. The new Drug Take Back Disposal Systems are located in the Outpatient Pharmacies at:

Please note, there are specific, important guidelines to follow:

  • Leave medication in original container or packaging
  • No sharps, needles or syringes
  • No liquids or aerosols will be accepted
  • No batteries, chemicals or illicit drugs will be accepted

For more information on the Drug Take Back Disposal System, please ask a member of the pharmacy staff or call one of the Penn Medicine Pharmacy locations:

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