YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. – Residents looking to dispose of old medications may do so at the Youngsville Police Department during the annual Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 24.
Containers will be available at the YPD office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and residents may dispose of old medications anonymously.
E-cigarettes and vaping instruments may also be disposed, provided the batteries are removed prior to disposal.
The national event, organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency, collected more than 440 tons of old medications last October. The Take Back Day is part of a national effort to reduce opioid addiction and overdoses.
“The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue,” a statement on the Take Back Day website said. “According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.”