Local police announce drug take back day

Local law enforcement agencies are collaborating with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the 17th National Take-Back Day.

City of Warren Police, Youngsville Borough Police, and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the event, accepting unused and unwanted prescription medications at their office locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Take Back Day is observed as part of National Take Back Week, but those who are unable to make it during the take-back hours can visit any of those offices at other times. All three locations have permanent drop locations that can be used to drop off medications during business hours.

“Any unused or expired prescription medication can be dropped off at the City of Warren Police Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,” City of Warren Police Community Services Officer Jeff Dougherty said. “We do not take syringes.”

“Our office, along with several other agencies in the county, are very committed to fighting the drug epidemic in our county and getting drugs off the streets,” Chief Deputy Sheriff Chuck Fetzeck said. The drop box at the Market Street entrance to the sheriff’s office and jail is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Youngsville Borough Police department is participating in the Take Back again and is assisting the DEA by picking up and centralizing all of the drugs collected in the county during the event, Chief Todd Mineweaser said.

“We encourage people to visit www.DEA.gov, www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com, and www.justthinktwice.com with questions,” Dougherty said.

“The National Prescription Drug Take Back addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue,” according to DEA.gov. “According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 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 events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.”

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