Wilkes University


Drug Take-Back Day Is April 27

Wilkes Pharmacy’s Generation Rx and the Luzerne County Medical Society, in partnership with the Luzerne County District Attorney and Sheriff offices, are hosting a local event for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27, at the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River Street., Wilkes-Barre.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications safely and conveniently. Just drive up to the take-back boxes at the Courthouse, entering via River Street and exiting via Pierce Street.

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. Rates of prescription drug misuse are alarmingly high with over half of teens misusing medicines they get from a family member, friend or the home medicine cabinet.

To prepare items for disposal:

  • All pharmaceutical drugs to be disposed must be placed in a sealed container such as the original bottle or zip-lock 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:

  • 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 illicit drugs.