Police Departments Will Collect Unused Medications On Saturday

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"Prescription drug abuse is a contributing factor to the heroin and opioid epidemic that is gripping Pennsylvania and the nation, and too many people with prescription drug addictions obtain these medicines from family and friends' medicine cabinets", said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith.

■ Sponsor a national, twice-yearly event that effectively removes potentially unsafe expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines from homes and the community.

On Saturday, the public can bring their pills for disposal to the following sites: Gloversville Police Department lobby, Fulton County Sheriffs Department, Gloversville Rite Aid, Gloversville CVS, Walmart Pharmacy in Gloversville and Price Chopper Pharmacy in Johnstown. The initiative's goal is to collect and properly dispose of medications, particularly prescriptions, to ensure they aren't abused.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

This will be the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In case you couldn't make it on Saturday, Liberty police have a drug drop off box at the station that is available from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday.

"The fight against the opioid crisis is a true team effort", said PSP Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is running the program and has established thousands of sites across the country that will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. Almost 38,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected in Pennsylvania. The DEA estimates the events have resulted in more than 8 million pounds of pills being turned over to the agency. Visit the DEA's website for locations.

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