Pa. State Police at Wyoming installs drop box for unused, expired medication

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected] | October 31st, 2017 9:30 pm

WYOMING — No need to flush it; there’s a new way for you to dispose of unused medication, thanks to the Pennsylvania State Police.

State Police at the barracks in Wyoming are taking part in a new phase of a statewide initiative called the Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, installing a 24-hour, seven days a week drop box in the lobby.

The goal of the program, according to a press release from the State Police, is to reduce prescription drug abuse by allowing people to more easily dispose of unused and expired medications.

The take-back boxes were unveiled Tuesday by State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker and Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith.

The boxes, which were donated to the state by CVS Health, will be at 65 of the state’s 90 stations.

“PSP stations provide highly visible, well-known locations for prescription drug take-back boxes with lobbies that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Commissioner Blocker. “By combining existing infrastructure with donated collection units, we are able to provide a valuable public health and safety resource to the communities we serve.”

Smith said the Prescription Drug Take-Back Program has safely destroyed more than 301,000 pounds of drugs since it began in 2015.

“The proper use, storage, and disposal of unused or unwanted prescription medications are an important part of the battle against this public health crisis,” Smith said, referring to the opioid epidemic.

Drugs dropped off anonymously will be disposed of quarterly by the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The program is accepting any prescription or over-the-counter solid medication, like pills and capsules, which includes pet medicine.

However, the program is not accepting liquid medication, sharps like needles or EpiPens, alcohol or any illegal drugs.

State Police supplied this photo of the drug drop box that’s been installed in their lobby. Police supplied this photo of the drug drop box that’s been installed in their lobby.

By Patrick Kernan

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