Sheriff's Office to host Drug Take Back event Saturday

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28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) 14 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative.

Created in 2010, the DEA's Takeback Day promotes a safe, convenient, and responsible means for individuals to dispose of prescription drugs.

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For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or go to NeighborhoodsAgainstDrugs and join its local group on Face Book.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose, according to officials. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things.

In April, residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska turned in 35,137 pounds (17.6 tons) of prescription medications. The East Hills site will accept all prescription and over-the counter drugs and substances, including "sharps" such as needles.

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Police departments throughout Central Texas took in, old and unused prescription drugs Saturday. "The NTBI, now in its 7th year, has collected tens of tons of drugs from the medicine cabinets of those around the country, preventing those would use them for un-prescribed use or distribution to others".

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons or over 900,386 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

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