University Police to participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23

Drug Take Back Bin located in Eisenhower police station

A secure bin, located in the University Park police station at 30 Eisenhower Parking Deck, offers a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of old medications. University Police offers this anonymous take-back service 24/7.

Credit: Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State police officers at Penn State Altoona and Penn State Fayette are hosting National Drug Take-Back Day events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, which aim to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 

Additionally, secure prescription collection bins are available year-round at Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg and University Park. 

Penn State students and employees, along with local community members, can participate in National Drug Take Back Day by visiting the following locations:

Penn State Altoona

University Police Station Lobby

Poplar Building

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Penn State Berks

Secure collection bin

Perkins Student Center

Penn State Fayette

University Police Station Lobby

Eberly Building (near the Eberly faculty parking lot) 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Penn State Harrisburg

Secure collection bin

Susquehanna Building Vestibule

University Park

Secure collection bin

University Police Station

30 Eisenhower Parking Deck

“Collection events and take-back bins serve as important tools in a larger effort to prevent the abuse or theft of unused and expired medications. They also offer a safe, accessible and convenient way to dispose of medication,” said Charlie Noffsinger, associate vice president of Penn State University Police and Public Safety. “We hope Penn State students, employees and area residents will take advantage of this free service.”

Participants are asked to remove any personal information that may be on the medication. Needles, aerosols, medications containing iodine and illicit drugs are not accepted through the service. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) coordinates Drug Take Back Day to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and as an effort to prevent medications from getting into the wrong hands. The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family, according to the DEA.