Drug ‘Take Back Day’ this Saturday

SUNBURY — Time once again to participate in ‘Drug Take Back Day.’ As medicines left in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, a county DA says the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force is giving folks the opportunity to dispose of the risk.

The task force is having their seventh Drug Take Back Day Saturday. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini explained the importance of such an initiative. “It’s very important to get unused, unwanted, outdated medication out of people’s medicine cabinets. ”

He said, “What happens is, either your friends or family are in the home and they take it and abuse it, or somebody if they find out it is in there will break into your home to steal it. So, it is not good to keep old drugs in the home.”

Rosini said the day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. They work with the police department to collect drugs and dispose of them properly, with no questions asked. “If they are disposed of by flushing them as most people do, or put into the garbage, they end up in the water supply.”

He said, ” If you flush them they go right into the water supply, and if you put them into garbage bags, and send them out to trash, eventually they leak out of the garbage bag and end up in the water supply. So the best way to do it is through a controlled collection, where they are destroyed, incinerated, so that they are not in the environment.”

There are many prescription drug drop off locations in Northumberland and Montour Counties Saturday. They include the Mount Carmel Borough Police Department, Mount Carmel Township Police Department, Point Township Police Department, Shamokin Police Department, Sunbury Police Department, Danville Police Department, Montour County Sheriff’s Department, Milton Stonington and Selinsgrove State Police Barracks Snyder County Sherriff’s Office and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

The Drug Take Back is Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at all locations, and all controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications will be collected anonymously. (Codi Jade)

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