News for Immediate
Dec. 16, 2013
Governor Corbett Launches
Statewide Healthy Pennsylvania Drug
Harrisburg – Governor Tom
Corbett today launched another piece of his Healthy
Pennsylvania plan, a permanent statewide drug take-back program that will
provide up to 250 secure medicine return boxes throughout Pennsylvania.
new MedReturn boxes, installed in 29 Pennsylvania counties, allow individuals
to dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication
safely and anonymously.
Healthy Pennsylvania Drug Take-Back
initiative is an important step in alleviating Pennsylvania’s public health and
safety concerns regarding prescription drug abuse and misuse, especially among
our youth who don’t have to look further than their own family’s medicine
cabinet,” Governor Corbett said.
Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania Drug
Take-Back initiative is a partnership between the Pennsylvania District
Attorneys Association (PDAA), the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol
Programs (DDAP) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
of prescription drugs is a serious problem that can lead to addiction, overdose
and death,” said DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis. “I want to thank Governor Corbett
for his leadership on this issue and for making the drug take-back program a
priority under his Healthy Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, along with the rest of
the nation, is experiencing an increase in the misuse and abuse of prescription
medications, especially in school-aged youth. A 2010 national survey from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in five high school
students have abused prescription drugs.
“Unfortunately, district attorneys
around Pennsylvania have seen the negative effects of prescription drug abuse,”
said PDAA President and Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. “Safe
and anonymous disposal of prescription drugs is an important way that state,
law enforcement and individuals can all participate in a partnership focused on
event highlighted the MedReturn box recently installed in the East Wing
entrance to the state Capitol.
accepted in the Capitol box include:
prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments,
over the counter medications, vitamins, samples, and pet medications.
not accepted in the Capitol
inhalers, aerosol cans, and thermometers.
with unused or unwanted medications can bring them to the Capitol East Wing,
Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Capitol Police
Investigative Section will check, weigh and destroy the contents monthly.
received a federal grant of $100,000 for the boxes. Local district attorney
offices throughout the state could apply for a portion of the funding by
providing a plan for the installation of the MedReturn boxes and disposal of
find a MedReturn box in your area, please visit www.ddap.pa.gov.
For more information, visit www.pa.gov.
Media contact: Christine
Cronkright, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Miller, DDAP, 717-547-3314