Citizens Urged to Clear out Medicine Cabinets for Drug Take-Back Events

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania residents can take their unwanted solid prescription and over-the-counter medicines to any of nearly 300 locations in the commonwealth this Saturday so they may be disposed of safely, as part of drug take-back events sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The events will take place at 1,700 sites around the country on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens may bring unwanted solid . Liquids, such as cough syrup will not be accepted.

Unused drugs that sit on shelves around the home may present a danger to people as well as ecosystems. Removing unused medications from households can help prevent intentional misuse and unintentional poisonings of children and pets.

Dumping the medication down the drain or flushing it down the toilet can become a source of water contamination. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to investigate whether such contamination adversely impacts human health or aquatic life.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is funny how the D.E.A is doing this program, and not the CDC, or FDA. This is a way for them to gather information on individuals who get prescription, so they can label individuals.

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