Public can drop off unused, expired medication at courthouse next Saturday

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University and the Luzerne County Medical Society, in partnership with the district attorney and sheriff’s offices, are hosting a local collection for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Residents are encouraged to safely dispose of unused or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

The public can utilize drug take-back boxes at the courthouse and be sure no one will be there to question them. There will also be giveaways and discounts for participants.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting waters. Meanwhile, rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high with over half of teens abusing medicine they get from a family member, friend, or the home medicine cabinet, authorities say.

To prepare items for disposal:

• All pharmaceutical drugs must be placed in a sealed container such as the original bottle or ziplock bag.

• Liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container.

• Personal information should be removed or marked out with a permanent marker.

What you can dispose of:

• Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications

• Tablets and capsules

• Pet medication

What you may not drop off:

• Intravenous solutions

• Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens); these need to be taken to a health care professional’s office or to a hospital for disposal

• Hydrogen peroxide

• Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)

• Iodine-containing medications

• Thermometers

• Alcohol and illegal drugs

By Bill O’Boyle

[email protected]

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.