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UPMC McKeesport and its sister hospitals will participate in a prescription drug "take-back" day on April 28.
A spokeswoman said the event is being organized in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to get unused prescription drugs --- particularly painkillers, which have the potential for abuse --- off the streets.
Drugs will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Crawford Building at UPMC McKeesport's Aging Institute Resource Room, and in the main lobby of UPMC East hospital in Monroeville.
Additional collection locations include UPMC Presbyterian hospital and Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland; UPMC Mercy hospital in the uptown section of Pittsburgh; UPMC Mercy South Side hospital; Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville; Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside; and various locations at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.
All of the take-back locations are open to the general public except for one at the U.S. Steel Tower, downtown Pittsburgh, and there is no charge for the service.
People who are participating should make sure to either remove or conceal any personal information on prescription bottles or packages, but all contributions will anonymous and confidential, the spokeswoman said.
According to UPMC, consumption of unused or expired drugs can harm or kill children or others who take them, while improper disposal --- such as flushing them down the toilet --- can contaminate streams and rivers, harming the environment.
Originally published April 19, 2017.