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Butler County drug collection effort totals 250 pounds

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger on Tuesday said that residents dropped off about 250 pounds of unused and unwanted medications within the last three months at collection boxes throughout the county.

A $100,000 federal grant is paying for about 250 boxes throughout the state in an effort guided by Pennsylvania district attorneys, local police and the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Butler County's seven collection boxes are located at police stations in Cranberry, Butler, Butler Township, Slippery Rock, Saxonburg and Penn, and in the lobby of the Butler County Prison.

County detectives retrieve the drugs for incineration.

Most prescription and over-the-counter medications can go into the boxes. Needles, inhalers, aerosols, thermometers and medical waste aren't accepted.

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