Pocono Raceway Partners With State Drug Take Back Program

Participants will get a chance to drive around the track

Shelby Cassesse
April 17, 2019 - 9:13 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pocono Raceway and Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday the Pocono Raceway Drug Take Back Initiative will continue in 2019.

Anyone who brings unneeded prescription drugs to the raceway on June 1-2 or July 27-28 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be able to drive a lap around the track. The event takes place over the Pocono 400 and Gander RV 400 weekends. Last year, the initiative disposed of 60 pounds of prescription drugs in one week. 

“Pocono Raceway is proud to partner with Attorney General Josh Shapiro to fight the opioid crisis that is harming our community and communities across the commonwealth,” said Pocono Raceway President Ben May in a press release. “We were inspired by how many people stepped up last year during the Pocono 400 weekend to safely dispose of prescription drugs from their homes. We’re excited to bring the initiative back this year and continue working to prevent substance abuse and save lives.”

Attorney General Shapiro announced Tuesday his Drug Take Back Program recently surpassed 100 tons of prescription drugs destroyed since he took office in January 2017. The program partners with local law enforcement, district attorneys, Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Programs and the National Guard to place permanent take back boxes in communities across the state. There are 43 boxes in Allegheny County.  

For a full list of take back boxes, visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs' website.