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Aspinwall residents can get rid of unwanted, expired medications

Tawnya Panizzi
| Monday, April 9, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
Officer Mike Broker and Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch board members Stacey Westerberg and Martha Lightfoot accept unused and expired medications at the fall 2017 Drug Take Back event.
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Officer Mike Broker and Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch board members Stacey Westerberg and Martha Lightfoot accept unused and expired medications at the fall 2017 Drug Take Back event.

Aspinwall residents can dispose of unwanted medications during a drug take back day on April 28.

Hosted by the borough police and Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch, the collection will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the municipal building along Commercial Avenue.

It is part of a national effort to properly dispose of unused and expired medications.

Needles, syringes and lancets will not be accepted.

“Family and friends can become unwitting suppliers of prescription opioids, particularly to teenagers, when they store unused medications,” acting police Chief David Nemec said.

“With local and national opioid addiction rates on the rise, it is more important than ever to get unused and expired medications out of your house and disposed of safely.”

The drugs are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse, Nemec said.

Improper disposal can also create environmental hazards impacting groundwater, rivers and wildlife, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs' website.

In 2017, local efforts resulted in more than 300 pounds of medications collected at two events.

At the upcoming event, prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted.

They can be in the original container or in sealed plastic bags. Liquids must be in the original container.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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