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Local Police, UPMC McKeesport to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
October 26, 2017
Posted in: Announcements

Local police departments as well as UPMC McKeesport hospital are participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event is designed to remove unused prescription pills, capsules and patches from medicine cabinets, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

UPMC McKeesport hospital will collect unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) in the first-floor lounge of the Crawford Building.

These other Mon-Yough area sites will collect unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28) in the following locations:

  • Allegheny County Police Department, Wilmerding Station, 315 Station St., Wilmerding
  • Clairton Police Department, at Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 623 St. Clair Ave., Clairton
  • East Pittsburgh Police Department, at Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh
  • North Huntingdon Twp. Police Department, 11279 Center Hwy., North Huntingdon Twp.
  • Pleasant Hills Police Department, 410 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills
  • West Mifflin Police Department lobby, 1020 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin

According to the DEA, unused prescriptions --- particularly for painkillers --- are "highly susceptible" to "diversionm, misuse and abuse." The DEA says that a majority of abused prescription drugs "are obtained from family and friends."

In addition, according to the DEA, flushing unused prescriptions down the drain can harm water quality and the environment.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles, a spokesperson said. The service is free and anonymous and no questions will be asked.

On the last National Take-Back Day held April 29, Americans turned in 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. 

Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills, the spokesman said.

Originally published October 26, 2017.

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