Senator Yaw Encourages “Taking Back” Unwanted Prescription Drugs

15th “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” to be held on April 28


HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that the 15th Semi-Annual “National Drug Take-Back Day,” sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10AM-2PM.

Residents living throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties are encouraged to participate in the pharmaceutical “spring cleaning” by taking back expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Safe disposal drop-off locations are located in every county and can be found by going to

Now in its 9th year, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” events continue to remove expired and unused opioids and other medicines from Pennsylvania homes.

Today, Senator Yaw also sponsored a Senate Resolution recognizing April 28, 2018 as “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” to bring attention to statewide events taking place throughout the Commonwealth. 

During the October 2017 “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”, Pennsylvania law enforcement collected 36,909 pounds of prescription drugs.  Nationally, over 912,000 pounds were collected in 2017 by 4,274 law enforcement agencies.

“Take-Back Day is an excellent way to reduce drug abuse and misuse across the board,” Yaw said.  “It’s not only about preventing people from stealing or abusing prescription drugs, but it’s also about preventing accidental use and overdose, especially by our senior population.  Further, many people are unsure on how to properly dispose of the medications so they flush them down the toilet or throw them in the garbage.  This can lead to the medications entering into our water supply, which is a huge environmental concern.


For a complete list of Drug Take-Back Locations in Senator Yaw’s District, click here.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff

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