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Get Rid of Medications No Longer Needed, Say Pennsylvania Physicians

​Date: April 26, 2016

Media Contact:

Chuck Moran
Pennsylvania Medical Society
717) 558-7820

For Immediate Release

Take advantage of National Take-Back Initiative this weekend

Pennsylvania physicians are asking patients to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of prescriptions they no longer need as part of the ‘National Take-Back Initiative’ sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration on April 30.

“Pills that are no longer needed shouldn’t sit around the house or apartment,” says Scott Shapiro, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing physician in Montgomery County. “Protect yourself and your loved ones by keeping pills safe, which includes getting rid of pills you don’t take.”

Dr. Shapiro says safe drop off locations can be found through the DEA’s website. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs lists drop-off locations with designated times throughout the week.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society offers the following tips:

  • Clean out all outdated or leftover medicines from your medicine cabinets and other locations around your house or apartment.
  • Keep the leftover medicines in original bottles.
  • Use a black marker to remove all personal information from the bottle label. KEEP all medication information readable.
  • Play it safe. If you’re uncomfortable carrying the medications out of your house to a drop off location, ask a trusted friend to go with you. A non-transparent bag may also be used to carry your medication bottles to avoid wrongdoers from finding out you have medications with you.

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To learn more about the Pennsylvania Medical Society, visit its web site at www.pamedsoc.org. Or follow the organization on Twitter @PAMEDSociety. Members of the media are encouraged to also follow @ChuckMoran7.

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