PRC Hosts Drug Take-Back Day

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on October 12, 2016

In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 12th National Drug Take-Back Day, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and its partners will provide several local venues to safely dispose of unwanted medication on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

PRC will partner with Pennsylvania American Water and other organizations to host three drop-off collection events in western Pennsylvania on October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Nationwide on Drug Take-Back Day, more than 5,000 collection sites will enable patients, caregivers and pet owners to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at no cost.  (For a complete list of collection locations nationwide, click here.)

“This program provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications,” according to PRC Regional Director Justin Stockdale.  “People should not flush medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash since improper disposal poses a very real threat to the environment.

Hundreds of drop-off locations will be available throughout western Pennsylvania, including 40 sites in Allegheny County alone.

PRC and Pennsylvania American Water will sponsor these three collection events:

  • GREEN TREE – Green Tree Borough Building, 10 W. Manilla Ave., Pgh., PA 15220
  • LEBANON – Medical Rescue Team South, 315 Cypress Way, Pgh, PA 15228
  • ROBINSON – The Mall at Robinson, Sears parking lot, 100 Robinson Centre Dr., Pgh., PA 15205

Since launching the nationwide Drug Take-Back Day effort in 2010, the DEA and its partners have collected more than 6.4 million pounds – about 3,200 tons – of medication.

“Building off of the success of past collections, PRC will again collaborate with the DEA and local law enforcement to provide residents with a safe and convenient option, thanks to the support of our many sponsors,” said Stockdale.  “PRC is proud to collaborate with PA American Water as well as the Borough of Green Tree, Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, Robinson Township, The Mall at Robinson and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.”

According to the DEA, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

“Unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications are often an unintended catalyst for addiction,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.  “Take-Back events like these raise awareness and offer the public a safe and anonymous way to help prevent substance abuse.”

For more information concerning the three local collection events sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, click here or call 412-488-7452.