Meadville Tribune

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April 7, 2014

More than 160 pounds of unwanted prescription medications already brought in by county program

MEADVILLE — More than 160 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter-medications have been collected to date by Crawford County’s MedReturn program, which started in late December.

The program, which has collected 163.5 pounds as of Monday, is a safe, accessible way to get rid of drugs, according to Francis Schultz, Crawford County’s district attorney.

As part of the state program, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Conneaut Lake Regional police, Linesville police and West Mead Township police each have agreed to oversee secured collection boxes in order for county residents to have the opportunity to get rid of unused or expired medications anonymously.

Last December, Crawford County was awarded the boxes at no cost through a grant program from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys’ Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative.

“Hats off to Sheriff Nick Hoke, Chief Todd Pfeifer, Chief Rob Johnston, Chief Gary Thomas and Chief Chip Brown for participating in the program,” Schultz said. “I hope that residents will continue to utilize the collection boxes. It’s important that these unwanted medications do not end up in the wrong hands or in our water supply.”

The Pennsylvania MedReturn boxes accept prescription and over-the-counter solid medications (tablets and capsules); liquid medications, inhalers, creams and ointments, nasal sprays and pet medications. The boxes will not accept intravenous solutions, injectable solutions or needles.

Crawford County has four locations where unwanted prescription and non-prescription medications may be disposed anonymously, safely and for free under the new Pennsylvania MedReturn program. The unwanted drugs may be dropped off at the following locations:

- Crawford County Courthouse lobby, 903 Diamond Park, Meadville, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;

- Conneaut Lake Regional Police Department, 9778 Route 285, Conneaut Lake, any time;

- Linesville Police Department, 127 E. Erie St., Linesville, 8 a.m. to midnight, most weekdays; and

- West Mead Township Building, 1150 Morgan Village Road, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The boxes will not accept intravenous solutions, injectable solutions or needles.

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