DEA program disposes of unwanted drugs in environmentally friendly way

From the Patriot News:

In an effort to combat abuse of prescription drugs, many mid-state communities are participating in National Take-Back Day on Saturday, offering an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted drugs.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Hummelstown, the Lower Dauphin School District community advisory group High on Kids and borough police are hosting the drop-off. Last spring, 13 students at Lower Dauphin Middle School were caught selling or trading prescription drugs and marijuana at school.

“Unfortunately, there has been in the news so many situations of youth getting into medicine cabinets and taking parents’ prescription drugs. This is a safe way for people to dispose of their prescriptions,” said Patti Krow, president of High on Kids. Krow, a Hummelstown funeral director, said she sees firsthand the dangers drug and alcohol can pose.

According to the DEA, 6.2 million people 12 and older report having misused prescription drugs in the past month. For more information, visit www.dea.gov.

Drop-off sites include:

Cumberland County

Hampden Twp. Police Department, 5001 Park St. extension
Mechanicsburg Police Department, 36 W. Allen St.
Middlesex Twp. Police Department, 350 N. Middlesex Road
Silver Spring Twp. Police Department, 6475 Carlisle Pike

Dauphin County

Dauphin County Recycling Center, 1620 S. 19th St., Harrisburg
Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave.
Hummelstown Library, 200 W. Second St.
Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department, 1499 Spring Garden Drive
Steelton Borough Police Department, 123 N. Front St.
Swatara Twp. Police Department, 599 Eisenhower Blvd.

Lebanon County

Cornwall Borough Police Department, 36 Burd Coleman Road
Jonestown State Police barracks, 2632 Route 72 north

York County

Carroll Twp. Police Department, 830 Route 15

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