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Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on Take Back Day


On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In addition, Amsler Pharmacy, 818 E. Warrington Avenue in Allentown will be participating in National Drug Take Back Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Held twice annually, this opportunity prevents pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

 The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps; only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your pills for disposal to police headquarters or any police station: 

• Police headquarters, 1203 Western Avenue 

• Zone 1, 1501 Brighton Road 

• Zone 2, 2000 Center Avenue 

Zone 3, 830 East Warrington Avenue 

• Zone 4, 5858 Northumberland Street 

• Zone 5, 1401 Washington Boulevard 

• Zone 6, 312 S. Main Street 

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 6.4 million pounds – approximately 3,200 tons – of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods f or disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.


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