Drug 'take-back' initiative set for Saturday

September 20, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro and Washington Township, Pa., police will be participating in a nationwide "drug take-back" initiative Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Drug Enforcement Agency started an initiative to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. In a press kit, the DEA stated the number of new users of prescription drugs among 12- to 17-year-olds is second only to marijuana.

People can get rid of unused, expired and unneeded prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the events.

The Waynesboro Police Department will collect medications in the parking lot behind the police station.

"It'll be a drive-through thing because people like to be anonymous. We hope to have it be constant movement" of vehicles passing, police spokeswoman Kim Green said.

The Washington Township Police Department will collect prescription drugs at the Wayne Heights Mall.

The DEA says medications should not be thrown in the trash, where others can find them. Prescription drugs that can be flushed in the toilet will indicate so on their labels.


Almost three-fourths of teen prescription drug abusers get the drugs from family and friends, a news release stated.

The home medicine cabinet is a major source, according to the news release.

Collected medications will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

Other scheduled collection locations include:

o Hagerstown Police Department at 50 N. Burhans Blvd.;

o Chambersburg (Pa.) Fire Department at 130 N. Second St. and Center Square in Mercersburg, Pa., at Main and Seminary streets.

o In Berkeley County, W.Va., at the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department at 8009 Winchester Ave. and Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department at 4217 Hedgesville Road.

o In Jefferson County, W.Va., the West Virginia State Police detachment in Kearneysville at 409 Industrial Blvd. and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, 102 Industrial Blvd.;

o In Morgan County, W.Va., Paw Paw (W.Va.) Town Hall at 122 Winchester St.;

Other drug collection sites can be found by clicking the "Got Drugs?" logo on the home page at

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