What to do with those old, expired prescriptions in your medicine cabinets? The Canonsburg Police Department can help.
The department will be one of many in the area collecting all unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and any form of drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.
The drug take-back event will be held at the Canonsburg Shop ‘n Save.
This is a no-questions-asked program that is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mayor David H. Rhome, Canonsburg Borough Council and the Canonsburg Police Department.
Residents need only place pills in a plastic bag and remove all labels from liquid prescription bottles and bring them down to the event to be destroyed.
The last event was held in the fall—when Rhome had said at least 100 pounds of drugs were dropped off.
And he has stressed the program is important for many different reasons.
"In the world we live in, drug addiction often starts in the medicine cabinet of your home," Rhome has maintained.
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and approximately 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.
In the three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
“This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medications which languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse," District Attorney Eugene Vittone said. "It is not secret that the rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are alarmingly high. This is underscored by the sharp increase in the number of overdose deaths in Washington County—primarily among our young adults and children, as reported by Coroner Tim Warco.”
Studies have shown that the much of the abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing for unused medications—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—is not safe and poses potential health risks.