TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Event makes prescription drug disposal safe, easy

About Mary Ann Thomas
Details

Collection sites

Residents can dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs, no questions asked, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

• Allegheny County Police, North Park Station, 700 West Ridge Drive

• Allegheny Township police, 136 Community Building Road

• Armstrong County District Attorney's Office, Wal-Mart parking lot, 1 Hilltop Plaza, East Franklin

• Arnold Police, 601 Drey St.

• Lower Burrell Police, City Hall, 2800 Bethel St.

• Murrysville Police, Community library, 4100 Sardis Road

• Parks Township Police, Parks Township Community Building, 26 Jackson St.

• Sharpsburg Police, police department, 1611 Main St.

• State police, Butler station, 200 Barracks Road, Butler (Township)

• State police, Kittanning station, 184 Nolte Drive, East Franklin

Additional Information and to find a site near you:www.psp.state.pa.us

Daily Photo Galleries

AlleKiski Valley Photo Galleries


By Mary Ann Thomas

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:31 a.m.

Residents can anonymously drop off unwanted prescription drugs for safe and free disposal during the national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday at a number of local police stations and other locations.

No personal information is required.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) works with the state police and other law enforcement offices to collect the drugs because of the potential for drug abuse and potential environmental contamination.

In the past, residents typically flushed unwanted medications down the toilet or drain or threw them in the trash.

But those methods can cause water pollution and groundwater contamination, according to the state police.

The Drug Take-Back Day provides a “safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

People will be able to drop off their drugs at more than 5,200 sites nationwide, according to Trooper Adam Reed of the state police in Harrisburg.

“The event is widely participated in, and all of the locations are fairly busy with collections,” Reed said.

During the past five years, the Drug Take-Back Day has taken more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs out of circulation, according to state police.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read AlleKiski Valley

  1. Renter tries to battle New Kensington house fire
  2. ‘Cross on the Hill’ a special sight for residents
  3. PennDOT wants Rock Airport in West Deer to remain open
  4. Alle-Kiski Valley economic development group honored for police training
  5. Avonmore parents enter disabled child in contest for wheelchair-accessible van
  6. Allegheny Township supervisors agree to rezone land for farming
  7. 4-year-old’s death from brain cancer won’t stop fight in her name
  8. Oakmont council OKs Speedway project
  9. New Kensington police decline to identify stabbing victims amid investigation
  10. Springdale Township keeps plugging away on cooperation
  11. Kiski Valley native in wheelchair persists to save life, forge bond
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.