DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Opioid Command Center of his administration, including the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program (DDAP) and Pennsylvania State Police are encouraging all Pennsylvanians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 16, 2018.
"Part of our overarching approach to the opioid crisis is encouraging Pennsylvanians to discontinue unwanted and unused prescription drugs at one of the hundreds of safe drop-off locations in the US state," said Governor Tom Wolf. "Removing prescription medicines from those for whom they were not intended is another way to prevent the spread of substance abuse."
Since the start of the Pennsylvania drug-taking program in 2016, there have been more than 440,000 pounds of prescription drugs destroyed, with more than 800 take-back boxes set up in all 67 Commonwealth countries. Pennsylvania State Police installed prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 65 wards last year.
"The department encourages all Pennsylvanians to clean their drug cabinets and critically collaborate on important day in combating the opioid crisis," said DDAP secretary Jennifer Smith. "By removing these prescription drugs safely from our homes, we all help keep our communities and loved ones safe, and if you can not attend tomorrow, remember that there are drug reimbursement boxes in our communities throughout the Commonwealth
The DEA has since 2010 offered the National Drug Take Back Day with the aim of tackling prescription drug abuse by providing practical ways to dispose of medicines that would otherwise be misused in home pharmacies would. All medicines collected will be destroyed by the DEA at EPA approved incinerators.
During the 15th National Medicines Redemption Day in April 2018, the DEA and more than 4,600 law enforcement agencies participated, with more than 5,800 sites collecting £ 949,000 of unused medicines.
"Return boxes in Pennsylvania State Police Station lobbies are another resource in the Commonwealth's fight against the opioid epidemic," said Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick. "Education and prevention are important parts of the department's public safety function, and providing a safe and secure way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription pills keeps these drugs out of the hands of people who would abuse them."
Persons looking for recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the toll-free Help-Help hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A live chat option is also available online or via SMS at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help and may not be able to contact a hotline operator.