By Keith Gushard
Today’s the day to dispose of unwanted prescription medications safely and anonymously at a number of locations in and around Crawford County.
Local law enforcement, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General are supporting today’s fifth Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The program is a nationwide effort to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal and destruction. The service is free and anonymous.
“It’s just a good, safe way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs,” said Sgt. Mike Tautin, who coordinates the program for Meadville Police.
Tautin said a common misconception with prescription drug disposal is that it is safe to flush unwanted medicine down the toilet or simply throw it away. Those options pose potential health and safety hazards with the drugs getting into water supplies or in the hands of young people or others who may abuse them, Tautin said.
The last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was Sept. 29, 2012. On that day, law enforcement agencies in all 50 states collected more than 488,000 pounds, or 244 tons, of prescription medications. In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement collected more than 2 million pounds, or 1,018 tons, of prescription medications.
Area drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today include:
-Meadville Police Department, 894 Diamond Park, Meadville
-Linesville Police Department, 127 E. Erie St., Linesville
-Titusville Police Department (with Crawford County Sheriff’s Office), 323 N. Franklin St., Titusville
-Jamestown Pharmacy (with Jamestown Police Department), 121 Liberty St., Jamestown
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.