October 5, 2021 Allegheny County Press Release:
PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Police Department will once again participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Take-Back Initiative being held Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the DEA’s 21st bi-annual event focused on offering an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
“We have seen first-hand how drugs can devastate a person, a family and a community,” said Superintendent Christopher Kearns. “Hosting the Drug Take Back Day twice a year provides residents with an opportunity to remove temptation from those who are struggling with addiction, and ensure that medications do not end up being used by anyone else.”
The October 23 collection will be held at three separate sites:
North Park Police Station – 700 West Ridge Drive, McCandless
South Park Police Station – 1801 Brownsville Road, South Park
Wilmerding Police Substation – 315 Station Street, Wilmerding
Any over-the-counter, controlled substance or prescription-required drugs can be dropped off. Tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, and liquids will be accepted in packaging. There is no need to take medicines 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.
The April 2021 event boasted 4,425 law enforcement agencies participating, 206 of which were in Pennsylvania. The collection netted 420 tons of medicines. In the history of the event, more than 7,262 tons of unwanted medicines have been collected by various partners with the DEA.
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