A simple solution to a danger lurking in medicine cabinet
Saturday, Oct. 24, is National Drug Take Back Day.
Since its inception in 2010, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative has allowed state law enforcement agencies to collect more than 12 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medications.
Last year, more than 75,000 pounds of unused drugs were collected in Pennsylvania.
That’s a lot of medicines that could have gone elsewhere — down the drain and into the sewage treatment plants, into the landfill and the ground, into the hands of people other than those for whom they were originally intended. Maybe even left to lay around to be accidentally consumed during a moment of elderly confusion and ultimately cause harm.
The Drug Take Back Day provides a simple solution — take your unused or expired drugs and safely dispose of them. Remove them entirely from your home.
There are 23 participating locations in Lycoming County. They include police agencies and pharmacies.
Police participants are Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police, State Police Troop F, the county Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania College of Technology police department and other police departments in Williamsport, South Williamsport, Hughesville, Montoursville, Muncy and Old Lycoming Township.
Pharmacies include Weis Markets in Montoursville, Muncy, Jersey Shore and on River Avenue and Lycoming Creek Road; TJ’s Market/Montgomery Pharmacy, 49 N. Railroad St., Hughesville; Montgomery’s Pharmacy, 21 S. Main St., Montgomery; Townville Pharmacy and Ben Franklin Store, Route 442, Muncy; CVS Pharmacy, Lycoming Creek Road, as well as CVS locations in Jersey Shore and Muncy; Health Services Pharmacy, 1201 Grampian Blvd., No. 1H; and Susquehanna Health Pharmacy, 740 High St., Suite 1004.
Drug Take Back Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
It may be a good idea to take a few minutes to round up your old and unnecessary medicines today so you’ll be ready to go in the morning.