Allegheny County police joins other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

November 15, 2018

Allegheny County police will be among many other law enforcement agencies helping people properly dispose of unused medications and pills.

The county police will participate in Saturday’s federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s 16th annual National Take-Back Initiative.

“Prescription drugs, and particularly opioids, remain a gateway to addiction,” said Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough. “Most abusers of medicines get the drugs from a friend or relative, often without their knowledge - simply by opening up a medicine cabinet or taking a pill bottle that’s sitting out. The drug take back program is one of the best ways to remove temptation in your home.”

County officers will be on-hand 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• North Park police station, 700 West Ridge Drive in McCandless.

• South Park police station, 1801 Brownsville Road in South Park.

• Wilmerding police substation, 315 Station St. in Wilmerding.

Any over the counter, controlled substance or prescription-required drugs can be submitted. Tables, capsules, ointments, creams and liquids will be accepted in its packaging.

Medicines do not need to be out of the original package or container. Sharpies and syringes will not be accepted due to safety reasons.

The event is absolutely anonymous, and no questions, or requests for identification, will be made by law enforcement personnel to anyone submitting medications.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection boxes.

Pittsburgh police have eight designated drop-off locations in the city.

North Huntingdon Township police will accept unwanted prescriptions at its station.

Bill’s Hometown Pharmacy, at 1095 Unity Center Road and 2362 Golden Mile Highway, will serve as collection centers in Plum.

More information about the initiative, including more collection sites, can be found on the DEA’s website.

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