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County police in prescription drug take-back program

 


The Allegheny County Police Department are participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The department will collect unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs and other medications at two locations: at the North Park County Police Station, 700 West Ridge Drive in McCandless Township, as well as the South Park County Police Station, on Buffalo Drive between Corrigan Drive and Farmshow Drive in South Park Township.

This is the 10th year the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has been scheduled. The event provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. The one-day event will provide residents with no-cost, anonymous collection.

No liquid medications or needles will be accepted. All collected medications will be disposed of safely and properly.

Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high – over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge. Take-back events, such as the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, is the safest and most responsible way to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines to protect your family and to protect our waters.

Since its inception in 2010, the effort has safely and properly disposed of 4.8 million pounds, or 2,411 tons, of prescription drugs.

The Allegheny County Police have participated in each National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. For additional information, call the North Park County Police Station at 724-935-1901 or South Park County Police Station at 412-835-5650.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center police will also be collecting unwanted drugs at UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Clinic, 2000 Mary Street, South Side in the Main Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public may locate additional collection sites by visiting http://www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” graphic, and entering their zip code or county, city and state. Collection sites can also be identified by calling 1-800-882-9539.

 

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