Monroe County will participate in the National Drug Take Back Day on April 28.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for residents to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Drop-offs can be made between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department at 2454 Route 940 in Pocono Summit and the St. Luke’s University Health Network Monroe Campus on Route 611 in Bartonsville.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and most of these drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.
According to the DEA, residents can also dispose of their unused medications in the household garbage following these steps: remove the medicine from its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter; and place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty bag, or other container to prevent medicine from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanied the medicine specifically instructs you to do so, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Trace levels of drug residue can end up in rivers, lakes and local water supplies.
If you do dispose of your medications at the take back locations, remove or scratch off any personal information on the medicine container to protect your privacy.
As the opioid and heroin crisis in Pennsylvania and nationwide rages on, this day offers the opportunity for your residents to dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications and keep these drugs from being abused or misused. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic, according to the DEA.
Many old, unused medications end up being stolen, lost or misused.
The DEA collected from the public more than 9 million pounds of medicines since it first launched Take-Back Day in 2010
During the October 2017’s National Take-Back day, 4,274 law enforcement organizations in the U.S. participated, with 5,321 total collection sites. The combined drugs recovered weighed 456 tons.
Controlled substance public disposal locations available anytime locally include Health Spectrum Pharmacy Services at 206 East Brown Street, second floor in East Stroudsburg and the Caresite Pharmacy at 126 Market Way in Mount Pocono.