Take-Back Day seeks to prevent Rx drug abuse

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 26, 2013 5:02 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Today marks National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  The effort seeks to provide a safe and convenient way for the public to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medicines.

But the Commonwealth is working on a permanent program, which will eventually lead to 250 drop boxes statewide. Governor Corbett's spokesman, Jay Pagni, says the collection boxes will be placed within local police departments across the state.

"They will be accessible to the public, and the public should know that the prescription medications that are dropped off can be done anonymously and can be done without any fear of prosecution or retribution," he says.

Pagni says a series of grant applications are currently under review.

Meanwhile, many State Police barracks are participating in today's national event. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has provided a full list of drop off locations and times online.

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