HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) – Several police departments across the state will collect prescription drugs on Saturday as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations National Drug Take Back initiative.
Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be taken to designated drop-off sites between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Hundreds of locations across the state are participating. You can find a location near you on the DEA’s website.
Officials say the program is aimed at fighting the epidemic of illegal prescription drug abuse.
According to the DEA, the non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second most common form of drug abuse in America. Marijuana use is the most common.
The DEA said the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet.
The agency warns unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed can contaminate the water supply.
If you are unable to make Saturday’s event, the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take Back program offers permanent drop off boxes. You can find a list of location on its website.
If you opt to dispose of your own drugs, the DEA suggests you take the medication out of its bottle, mix it with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds, seal it in a bag or disposable container and throw it away.