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Dispose of any unwanted prescription drugs safely


The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Friday, April 29 at UPMC hospitals and on Saturday, April 30 at the Zone 3 Police Station, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The events provide an opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Members of the general public may anonymously turn in their unwanted, unused or expired drugs for proper disposal. The events are free, and all medications must be in their original containers.

In South Pittsburgh, unused prescription drugs may be dropped off in the properly marked box in the lobby Zone 3 police station.

In addition, UPMC will accept the drugs on Friday, April 29 in the main lobby of UPMC Mercy South Side on Mary Street and in the second floor cafeteria of UPMC Mercy.

In recent years, abuse of prescription pain killers and over-the-counter drugs has been on the rise. Consumption of unused or expired drugs can have negative consequences for people who take them, and improper disposal can be harmful for the environment. Drug Take-Back Days are critical in preventing drug overdose, illicit drug use and water contamination.


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