Pennsylvania American Water Urges Customers to Take Advantage of Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day

  Pennsylvania American Water Urges Customers to Take Advantage of
  Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day

    Drop-off locations across state aim to keep drugs out of landfills and

Business Wire

HERSHEY, Pa. -- October 17, 2013

Pennsylvania American Water is encouraging customers to protect themselves and
the environment by disposing of unused medications at local collection sites
on Saturday, October 26, 2013, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back
Day. The program, coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
gives the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by
ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted
prescription drugs.

“We urge people to take advantage of the drug take-back events, because they
prevent pharmaceutical products from being flushed down the toilet or thrown
in the trash,” said Paul A. Zielinski, senior director of water quality and
environmental compliance, Pennsylvania American Water. “Both of those options
pose potential hazards to our environment.”

Prescription drugs collected at the free take-back events are disposed of in
an environmentally safe manner, keeping the medications out of local landfills
and watersheds. Removing drugs from the home also helps prevent pill theft and

To find a nearby collection site, visit and click on the “Got
Drugs: National Prescription Take-Back Day” banner. Medications should be kept
in their original containers with labels intact.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is
the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable
water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded
in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company
employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people
in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by


Pennsylvania American Water
Terry Maenza
T: 610-670-7789 ext. 1009
M: 610-849-6484
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