Medication Safety Resources

Drug Take Back Event Details

National Drug Take Back Day is typically the fourth Saturday of April and October every year from 10:00a-2:00p.  Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission hosts an event in each county on this national awareness day.  The public is encouraged to bring their unneeded/expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the event to safely be disposed of.  All types of medications are accepted, except needles/syringes.  Please call 814-226-6350 x106 if you have any questions regarding the events.  

Next event is Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10:00a-2:00p

Armstrong County Event: Klingensmith’s Pharmacy, Ford City

Indiana County Event: Diamond Drug Pharmacy, Indiana

Clarion County Event: TBD

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    Armstrong County Drug Take Back Box Locations and Contact Information

    Apollo Borough Police Department 616 First Street Apollo, PA 15613    724.478.4201

    Armstrong County Memorial Hospital 1 Nolte Drive Kittanning, PA 16201    724.543.8448

    Freeport Police Department 414 Market Street Freeport, PA 16229    724.295.4897

    Kiskiminetas Township Police Department 1222 Old State Road Apollo, PA 15613    724.478.3357

    Manor Township Police Department 306 Byron St., McGrann, PA  16236    724.763.8215

    PA State Police: Troop D/Kittanning 130 Parkview Drive Extension Kittanning, PA 16201  Open 24/7

    Kittanning Borough Police Station 300 S. McKean Street Kittanning, PA 16201     724.534.1538  Open 24/7

    Parks Township Police Department 26 Jackson Street Vandergrift, PA 15690    724.567.5525

    East Franklin Township Police Department 106 Cherry Orchard Avenue Kittanning, PA 16201    724.543.1944

      Indiana County Drug Take Back Box Locations and Contact Information

      Indiana Borough Police Department 80 N. Eighth Street Indiana, PA 15701    724.349.2121   Open: M-F 8:00 am-4:00 pm

      Indiana County District Attorney’s Office 825 Philadelphia Street Indiana, PA 15701    724.465.3835   Open: M-F 8:00 am-4:00 pm

      Blairsville Borough Police Department 201 E. Market Street Blairsville, PA 15717    724.459.7555  Open 24/7

      Indiana, PA CVS #4000 2501 Warren Road Indiana, PA 15701    724.349.5620   Follows Pharmacy Hours of Operation

      Indiana University of PA Police Department 850 Maple Street, University Towers Indiana, PA 15705    724.357.2546  Open 24/7

      State Police: Troop A / Indiana 4221 Route 286 Highway West Indiana, PA 15701  Open 24/7

      Clarion County Drug Take Back Box Locations and Contact Information

      Clarion Borough Police Department 1400 E Main St. Clarion, PA 16214     814.226.9140  Open 24/7

      Knox Borough Police Department 620 S Main St. Knox, PA 16232     814.797.1100

      Southern Clarion County Regional Police Department 220 Broad St. New Bethlehem, PA 16242     814.275.1180

      PA State Police 209 Commerce Rd. Clarion, PA 16214     814.226.1710  Open 24/7

        Dispose Rx

        The DisposeRx at-home medication disposal solution was developed to help reduce the risks associated with keeping unused medications by providing a tool for patients to use to dispose of medications when they are no longer needed, or able to get to a take back box.  All medications can carry risks of accidental poisonings, and we know that powerful opioid medications can lead to confusion, addiction, overdose, suicide attempts or death.   The DisposeRx patented medication disposal solution is a small packet containing a simple white powder—the ingredients of which are on the FDA’s list of inactive ingredients for approved oral medications.  DisposeRx packets are offered for free by Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission to all residents and organizations within the three-county region.  Please contact 814.226.6350 x106 or to request DisposeRx packets.

          Additional Medication Safety Resources

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          This website provides educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications and is provided through a partnership between The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Cardinal Health Foundation. Explore this site to Learn about the scope, causes and consequences of this national public health epidemic and Take Action by sharing what you have learned with others using our free, ready-to-use resources. This is also a platform for you to contact us and tell your stories of prescription drug misuse prevention. Thank you for making a difference in your community!

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          It’s time to start a critical conversation  about responsible medicine use.  This educational resource is for Teachers, Nurses, Families, and Communities.