Local task force will collect unused drugs Saturday
The Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will accept potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Residents are urged to bring unused, unwanted or outdated medications for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Liquid medications will be accepted if in their containers. Sharps and needles will not be accepted. Medications will be delivered to a hazardous waste incinerator for proper disposal.
Collections are being held throughout the country as part of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) "National Take-Back Initiative." The DEA is working with state and local law enforcement throughout the country to collect the potentially dangerous medicines and controlled substances found in our homes.
Medications can be taken to:
Mount Carmel Borough Police Department, 737 W. Fourth St., Mount Carmel.
Mount Carmel Township Police Department, 300 Laurel St., Atlas.
Point township Police Department, 759 Ridge Road, Northumberland.
Shamokin Police Department, 511 N. Franklin St., Shamokin.
Sunbury Police Department, 440 Market St., Sunbury.
Danville Police Department, 29 Mill St., Danville.
Sheriff's department, 235 Mill St., Danville.
State Police at Milton, 50 Lawton Lane, Milton.
State Police at Stonington, 2465 State Route 61, Sunbury.
State Police at Selinsgrove, 204 Universal Road, Selinsgrove.
Snyder County Sheriff's Office, 9 W. Market St., Middleburg.
Unions County Sheriff's Office, 103 S. Second St., Lewisburg.
All official collection sites are listed on the DEA web site at www.justice.gov/dea. They can be found be clicking on the "Got Drugs" banner on the right side of the page and then clicking on the link "Locate Collection Sites."
In April, Americans turned in 371 tons (more than 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at approximately 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2.8 million pounds (more than 1,400 tons) of pills.
Locally, in April, more than 386 pounds of prescription medications were collected.