Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PRC, PA American Water Host 3 Drug Take-Back Collections April 29 In Allegheny County

In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 13th National Drug Take-Back Day, the PA Resources Council and its partners will provide several local venues to safely dispose of unwanted medication on April 29.
PRC will partner with PA American Water and other organizations to host three drop-off collection events in western Pennsylvania on April 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   The events will be  held--
-- Green Tree: Green Tree Borough Building, 10 W. Manilla Ave., Pgh., PA  15220
-- Mt. Lebanon: Medical Rescue Team South, 315 Cypress Way, Pgh, PA  15228
-- Robinson: The Mall at Robinson, Sears parking lot, 100 Robinson Centre Dr., Pgh., PA 15205
Nationwide on Drug Take-Back Day, more than 5,000 collection sites will enable patients, caregivers and pet owners to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at no cost.  
Hundreds of drop-off locations will be available throughout western Pennsylvania, including approximately 40 sites in Allegheny County alone.
Click Here for a complete list of collection locations in Pennsylvania and nationwide.
“This program provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications,” according to PRC Regional Director Justin Stockdale.  “People should not flush medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash since improper disposal poses a very real threat to the environment.”
Since launching the nationwide Drug Take-Back Day effort in 2010, the DEA and its partners have collected more than 7 million pounds – about 3,500 tons – of medication.  
“Building off of the success of past collections, PRC will again collaborate with the DEA and local law enforcement to provide residents with a safe and convenient option, thanks to the support of our many sponsors,” said Stockdale.  “PRC is proud to collaborate with PA American Water as well as the Borough of Green Tree, Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, Robinson Township, The Mall at Robinson and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.”
According to the DEA, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
“Take back programs offer a safe, simple, and anonymous way to keep dangerous prescription drugs out of the wrong hands and prevent substance abuse,” said Chuck Rosenberg, Acting DEA Administrator.
For more information on this and other recycling collection events, visit PRC’s 2017 Collection Events webpage or call 412-488-7452.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Resources Council website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates, follow PRC on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.  Click Here for PRC’s Events Calendar.
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