Medication Disposal Service for Allegheny County Residents

There has been an increase in programs designed to help address the opioid crisis. PHSI has supported initiatives such as the distribution of opioid pouches to discard opioid medications and changes in pain management procedures to limit opioid prescribing and incorporate non-opioid treatment as alternative pain therapy. DEA Drug Take Back Days provide a safe and proper disposal method of unused or unwanted medications.

A new option for disposal of unwanted medications is now available in Allegheny County, PA.  The Sheriff’s Office has provided a convenient option for their residents to dispose their medications through Project D.U.M.P (Disposal of Unused Medications Properly).  Residents contact a Sheriff’s Office Evidence Custodian, who will come to your residence to remove unused, unwanted, and expired medications. Residents can schedule an appointment for medication pick-up by contacting the Project D.UM.P Hotline at 412-459-5000. The process is simple and beneficial in addressing a public health safety issue with a goal of reducing preventable harm from drug abuse or misuse. What do you think about Project D.U.M.P? Can this service be expanded to have a greater impact? How would you measure and ROI for the program?

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