DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa.- Governor Tom Wolf and his Administration Opioid Command Center, including the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol…
DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa.- Governor Tom Wolf and his Administration Opioid Command Center, including the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the Pennsylvania State Police, encourage all Pennsylvanians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative tomorrow, October 27, 2018.
During the event, individuals may discard unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications in one of hundreds of secure locations throughout the state . The service is free and anonymous.
“Part of our all-hands-on-deck strategy for the opioid crisis encourages Pennsylvanians to release unwanted and unused prescription drugs in one of hundreds of safe state-of-the-art jumps,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Keeping prescription drugs out of hand on those they were not intended for, is a way to prevent the spread of substance use. “
Since the onset of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Recycling Program, more than 440,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been destroyed, with more than 800 recycling boxes established in all 67 counties in the whole of the United States. Last year, Pennsylvania State Police installed recipe boxes for prescription drugs at 65 stations available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
“The Department encourages all Pennsylvanians to clean their medical cabinets and participate in this critical critical day in the fight against the opioid crisis, says DDAP’s secretary Jenn ifer smith “By safely eliminating these prescription drugs from our homes, we each do our side to keep our societies and dear ones safe. If you can not attend tomorrow, remember that there are drugs for recycling drugs in our communities throughout the community that can be used at any time. “
DEA has offered the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day since 2010 with the goal of combating prescription drug abuse by creating practical ways to divest drugs that would otherwise be at risk for domestic abuse medical cabinets. All medical collection will be destroyed by DEA at EPA approved combustion plants.
During its 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, DEA and more than 4,600 law enforcement agencies participated, with more than 5,800 sites collecting 949,000 pounds of unused drug.
“Recycling boxes in Pennsylvania State Police Station lobbies are another resource in the Commonwealth fight against the opioid epidemic,” said colleague Robert Evanchick, Commissioner for Police Commissioner. “Education and prevention are key parts of the Public Security Department, and to provide safe and safe handling of unused and unwanted prescription pills, these addictive drugs hold out of the hands of people who would abuse them.”
People seeking recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the free PA Get Help Now Helpdesk at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A live chat option is also available online or by SMS at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable talking to a helpline operator.
For more information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day visit www. dea.gov.
To find one of Pennsylvania’s recycling centers, click here.
Find more information about government efforts to combat the opioid crisis here.