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Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

29 October 2017

Agencies across the state are encouraging you to double check your medicine cabinets in light of National Prescription Take Back Day Saturday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania State Police are participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, troopers will collect expired and unused pills so they can be destroyed.

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The goal of the day is to get unused prescription drugs and pills off the streets and properly disposed of. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, according to the release. Local police stations will have drug drop boxes will be available from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The DEA says the effort helps prevent prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands, or into rivers and streams after improper disposal.

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Sessions said that medicines forgotten in home medicine cabinets are increasingly subject to misuse and that rates of accidental poisonings and overdose by prescription medications are alarmingly high.

The police departments will accept unwanted prescription drugs year-round. Since the program began seven years ago, about 8.1 million pounds (more than 4,050 tons) of drugs have been collected nationwide.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

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Saturday is Drug Take Back Day