Pocono Raceway is encouraging race fans to bring unused or outdated prescription drugs to the NASCAR race weekend on Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24.
The Drug Take Back Program is a partnership between Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Pocono Raceway. NASCAR fans can exchange expired or unwanted prescription drugs for vouchers for prize drawings, including driver autographed items and more.
“For so many people, opioid addiction starts at home,” said AG Shapiro. “Taking pills from the family medicine cabinet or from a friend’s leftover prescription. By providing people with a safe, easy way to dispose of their expired and unwanted prescriptions, we’re protecting our communities and saving lives. With the help of Pocono Raceway President Ben May and our friends at the Tricky Triangle, we’re able to make it a little easier, and a little more fun, for Pennsylvanians to do their part in fighting the opioid epidemic.”
“Pocono Raceway is honored to partner with Attorney General Josh Shapiro again on this year’s drug take-back program,” said Pocono Raceway President Ben May. “Each year we have been impressed with how NASCAR fans have responded to this initiative, and their response has highlighted the importance of this program. We can’t wait to see our fans during NASCAR weekend, and we encourage everyone to bring their prescription drugs to the track for safe disposal.”
According to the AG’s office, the Pocono Raceway Drug Take Back Weekend is the only large-scale drug take-back program of its kind in Pennsylvania. Pocono Raceway has collected over 250 pounds of drugs at their annual events since 2018. The statewide Drug Take Back program has destroyed close to 251.4 tons of prescription drugs since its inception in 2017.