How dangerous is your medicine cabinet?

From Geisinger Health

Almost everyone has unused or expired prescriptions taking up space in our medicine cabinets. Unfortunately, they not only clutter our shelves, they can also be dangerous.

All too often, unused and expired prescriptions end up in the hands of young children and even teenagers. But flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash are not great solutions. The medications then end up in landfills where they can harm the environment and eventually find their way into the water supply.

That’s why Geisinger has installed medication disposal boxes at several retail locations in central and northeast Pennsylvania, including a new one at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. Just bring your old medications and drop them in the box – problem solved. Medsafe medication take-back boxes offer patients a safe way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

 

Frequently asked questions

What’s accepted in the boxes?
Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications, tablets and capsules, liquid medications in the original containers, prescription patches, medical creams and ointments, vitamins, nasal sprays and even pet medications.

Can I bring back narcotics or controlled substances?
Yes. Our boxes are locked and secure so you can return narcotics and controlled substances, and have peace of mind that no one can access them.

Should I leave the prescriptions in their original bottles?
Yes, whenever possible. Remember to black out your name or any other personal information with a marker before returning your medications.

What’s not accepted in the boxes?
Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, needles, hydrogen peroxide, compressed cylinders or aerosols (like asthma inhalers), iodine-containing medications, thermometers or alcohol.

When are the boxes available?
The boxes are available for you to dispose of your medications during the pharmacy’s regular business hours.

What happens to my meds after they are returned?
Your medications are securely transported to an incinerator for final disposal.
Below are some locations in the northeast and central Pennsylvania. To find a community take-back site nearest you, visit PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

 

List of locations:

Columbia County

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
Main lobby
549 Fair St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-387-2100
Daily: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

 

Luzerne County

CareSite Pharmacy – Dallas
114 Lt. Michael Cleary Dr.
Dallas, PA 18612
570-255-1167
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CareSite Pharmacy – GWV
1000 East Mountain Drive
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570-808-7969
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CareSite Pharmacy – CWB
175 S. Wilkes Barre Blvd.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570-821-0808
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Weis Markets
70 Phoenix St.
Duryea, PA 18642
570-451-6390
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Weis Markets
1 Weis Plaza
Nanticoke, PA 18634
570-735-3979
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sheehan’s Pharmacy
79 E. Carey St.
Plains, PA 18705
570-823-3151
Monday – Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Harrold’s Pharmacy
25 Old River Rd.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
570-822-5794
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: closed

 

Lycoming County

Weis Markets
305 River Ave.
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-322-5597
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Weis Markets
801 Loyalsock Ave.
Montoursville, PA 17754
570-368-5599
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Weis Markets
1440 Allegheny St.
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
570-398-7757
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Weis Markets
1916 Lycoming Creek Road
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-326-5144
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Weis Markets
1272 E. Penn St.
Muncy, PA 17756
570-546-7228
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

TJ’s Market/Montgomery’s Pharmacy
49 N. Railroad St.
Hughesville, PA 17737
570-584-2005
Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Townville Pharmacy at Ben Franklin
2195 Route 442
Muncy, PA 17756
570-546-8672
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

 

Montour County

Bush Pavilion Pharmacy
Geisinger Medical Center
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
570-271-6451
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Knapper Clinic Pharmacy
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
570-271-8717
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Northumberland County

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital
Main lobby
4200 Hospital Road
Coal Township, PA 17866
Open 24 hours

 

Snyder County

Shade Mountain Pharmacy
9627 Route 35
Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA 17853
570-539-2050
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Weis Markets
719 Route 522
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
570-374-1210
Pharmacy hours:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Dauphin County

PA Fish & Boat Commission
1601 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-705-7800
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Member News – July 19, 2017

Member News

 

PPL Electric Utilities Takes Top Honor From J.D. Power

PPL Electric Utilities was recently recognized by J.D. Power as the top large electric utility for residential customer satisfaction in the eastern U.S. region. It marks the sixth straight year the PPL has earned this honor and the 14th time in the last 19 years during which J.D. Power has conducted this customer satisfaction survey. 

PPL Electric Utilities’ score of 739 improved on last year’s score by 34 points. The average score in the large utility group in the East is 704. Companies are ranked on a 1,000-point scale. The East Large Segment is made up of 16 utilities. The national average among all types and sizes of electric utilities, including electric cooperatives, was 719, according to J.D. Power. PPL has also captured 11 J.D. Power awards for business customer satisfaction, the last in 2014.

 

Danville Child Development Center Has Opportunities for Volunteers to Get Involved

The Danville Child Development Center’s 43 years of success in the community, including its recent re-accreditation by the NAEYC, is directly related to its friends, families and neighbors. With that in mind, DCDC has several ways for interested community volunteers to get involved. Guest readers are always welcome in its classrooms, either for a book or sharing a hobby or experience. Interested individuals can email Michele Jenkins. Miscellaneous projects, such as its new Kids’ Kitchen, were facilitated by volunteers. Email Steve Bevans for a list of available projects in need of volunteers. Finally, DCDC currently has room on its board for some additional people. It meets once a month from September through June and oversees the financial operations of DCDC and sets policy. Email Diana Verbeck for how to apply. 

 

Bucknell SBDC to Hold Annual Celebration of Small Business Breakfast

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will host its annual Celebration of Small Business Breakfast this Friday, July 21, from 8-10 a.m. in the Terrace Room on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center on the Bucknell campus in Lewisburg. Friends and fans of small business are all invited to attend this free event that will bring together the business community, statewide economic development stakeholders and legislators to recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders in the region. The year’s program will feature the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for Pennsylvania, Elvin Stoltzfus, the founder and president of Pik Rite, Inc. It will also recognize the local finalists of the 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge and recognize the winners of that competition, and will feature the presentation of the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award recognizing innovation in new product development and outstanding collaboration with Bucknell’s College of Engineering. 

Register for this free event online, or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. 

 

Art of Floating to Hold Potluck Saturday

The Art of Floating is always looking for ways to get to know its clients more because they are considered friends and family. So, they are inviting all current and future clients to come and share their favorite food and sample new dishes this Saturday, July 22 from 3-7 p.m. at its business at 1924 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg. There will be live music and a bouncy house for the children. RSVP here

 

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union to Host Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of New Branch

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at their new branch office located in the Route 11 Marketplace, 1615 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a public grand opening featuring free food and giveaways, which will run until 2 p.m. 

 

Bucknell SBDC Hosts Cybersecurity Workshop

Are you as secure as you think? Join Michael Frauenhoffer of MePush as he talks about compliance vs. actual security at StartUpLewisburg, 416 Market St., Lewisburg on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at noon. Hosted by the Bucknell Small Business Development Center, this event will also feature local pizza, networking and tours of StartupLewisburg, Bucknell University’s home for innovators and entrepreneurs in downtown Lewisburg. Register here.

 

Danville Borough Summer Newsletter Now Available

The Danville Borough’s latest newsletter is now available on its website. It has the latest borough report from council president Scott Richardson, as well as information about SEDA-COG offering low cost elevation certificates, swimming pool regulations, new ordinances pertaining to temporary dumpsters, the Swift 911 notification system, an update on the flood resiliency project and more. Members will have an opportunity to learn more about the Danville Borough’s ongoing efforts at October’s Business After Hours

Member Spotlight: McBride Memorial Library

“The biggest benefit that the library has seen from our membership in the Chamber is our ability to network and promote through Chamber events. For example, I am able to publish this spotlight and talk about the library through a medium that many individuals who may not visit the library will read about.  It also puts me in contact with many individuals who may not be aware of how the library can support their information needs.”

– Nadine Kramarz, Director of Library Services, McBride Memorial Library

McBride Memorial Library was started as the Berwick Public Library on July 16, 1916 by the 20th Century Club and the Delphians. These groups later combined and still exist today as the 20th Century Delphians and continue to support the library.

Like other public libraries, McBride supports lifelong learning and promotes five literacies: basic literacy, information literacy, civic & social literacy, health literacy and financial literacy. It promotes basic literacy and kindergarten readiness for children under age 5, provides after-school programs and STEM opportunities for school-aged children and a safe third space where teens learn how to be an adult. It also provides information, research and relaxation for adults. McBride also supports small businesses and entrepreneurs by offering free space, computers and internet, online databases and opportunities to network with other businesses, including through entrepreneurial breakfasts, the next of which is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. Furthermore, public libraries provide information and support democracy by providing unfettered access to information in both print and electronic form, and are also strong community builders – which includes businesses.

McBride was selected for a competitive Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant to implement a special needs toy library to build pre-literacy skills. This toy library is available throughout Columbia and Montour counties. Additionally, Nadine Kramarz, director of library services, was selected as a 2017 iLEAD participant and is now working with other PA librarians on a community engagement project. McBride has also been awarded several materials through grants offered by the Commonwealth, including 8,000 lego educator bricks for its Lego Club and Lakeshore Building Blocks for Block Parties.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of McBride, which is now accepting volunteers to support its mission by shelf reading, maintaining collections, gardening/landscaping, working at events, baking goods for programs such as Books on Wheels or for events such as the Ice Cream Social. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit here and for more information on the library, visit its website or call 570-752-2241.

 

Member spotlights are chosen via a random drawing from members that submit their business cards at a Business After Hours event. The next Business After Hours is scheduled for July 19 at the Columbia County Traveling Library, located at 702 Sawmill Rd., Bloomsburg. 

PASSHE Board Presented With Findings of Strategic Review

On July 12, the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) were presented with a much-awaited set of recommendations by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a consultant group that the PASSHE board hired earlier this year to conduct a strategic review of the state-owned university system. PASSHE, which Chamber member Bloomsburg University is a member of along with 13 other institutions, has a combined enrollment of just over 100,000 students, including over 9,500 at Bloomsburg during the recently completed 2016-17 academic year. According to a 2015 study commissioned by PASSHE, the 14 institutions have a combined $6.7 billion total economic impact, including nearly $393 million at Bloomsburg, utilizing data from the 2013-14 academic year. The strategic review was necessary due to falling enrollment and budget challenges at a majority of the PASSHE schools. 

A summary of the presentation to the PASSHE board is detailed in this article in Inside Higher Ed, and the complete NCHEMS presentation can also be viewed on its website. 

Member News – July 12, 2017

Member News

 

Hamilton Dental Care Hosts Open House Tomorrow at New Location

Hamilton Dental Care, which cut the ribbon on its new office building last week, will celebrate the recent opening of its new location at 2 Audubon Court, Bloomsburg, with an Open House tomorrow, July 13, from 4:30-8 p.m. The public is invited to bring the family for a fun night of food and prizes. Attendees can tour the new office and meet the friendly staff. Kids will enjoy face painting and balloons by The Balloon Man, Lanny Lee.  Adults can register to win a variety of prizes and baskets.  All new patients that schedule during this event will receive a 50% savings off their new patient exam.  A door prize of free whitening will also be given away to one lucky winner. 

 

First Step Seminar in Bloomsburg This Friday

Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but weren’t quite sure if it would be right for you? Or maybe you want to know what paperwork you need in order to open your doors? These and several other common questions for small businesses will covered at the next First Step Seminar given by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Friday, July 14, at noon at the Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Business Incubator, 151 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Laura Haden of the SBDC will speak about the different legal structures a business can be, how to write a business plan and create financial projections, and much more. Cost is $15 for the First Step book. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. Register by calling 570-408-4334, email or online

 

Bucknell SBDC to Hold Annual Celebration of Small Business Breakfast

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will host its annual Celebration of Small Business Breakfast on Friday, July 21, from 8-10 a.m. in the Terrace Room on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center on the Bucknell campus in Lewisburg. Friends and fans of small business are all invited to attend this free event that will bring together the business community, statewide economic development stakeholders and legislators to recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders in the region. The year’s program will feature the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for Pennsylvania, Elvin Stoltzfus, the founder and president of Pik Rite, Inc. It will also recognize the local finalists of the 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge and recognize the winners of that competition, and will feature the presentation of the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award recognizing innovation in new product development and outstanding collaboration with Bucknell’s College of Engineering. 

Register for this free event online, or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. 

 

United Way of Columbia County Merges With Danville Area United Way

On July 1, the United Way of Columbia County and the Danville Area United Way consolidated to become the United Way of Columbia and Montour County. This combining of resources allows the merged organizations to collaborate on operations and fundraising campaigns. The organization’s new website is cmcuw.org. United Way of Columbia and Montour County shares an office building with the Chamber at 238 Market St. in Bloomsburg.

 

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union to Host Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of New Branch

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at their new branch office located in the Route 11 Marketplace, 1615 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a public grand opening featuring free food and giveaways, which will run until 2 p.m.