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Capital BlueCross Encourages Participation in National
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

HARRISBURG, PA (April 27, 2016) – Capital BlueCross is encouraging people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 30. The annual event is an opportunity to bring unused or expired prescription medications to local drop-off locations so they can be properly and safely disposed.

Capital BlueCross is a leader in fighting the opioid and heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. The company has contributed $150,000 to provide law enforcement officers with naloxone, a drug that can reverse a potentially fatal overdose. Naloxone works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and temporarily restores breathing in someone who has overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin. It is easily administered by being sprayed into each nostril.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is a collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Collection activities will take place on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find a drop-off location near you, visit Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

About Capital BlueCross

Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community’s health for more than 75 years, Capital BlueCross offers health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our customers.

More than a health insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that is creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue stores that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.