SUNBURY - Six secure medicine return boxes have been installed in municipal police departments throughout the county, District Attorney Tony Rosini announced Tuesday.

The MedReturn boxes allow citizens to anonymously dispose of unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medication during regular business hours. It's requested that any identifying information be removed from the containers.

Solid and liquid medications, inhalers, creams and ointments, nasal sprays and pet medication will all be accepted. The boxes will not accept intravenous solutions, injectable medications or needles.

Police departments in Coal Township, Milton, Mount Carmel Borough, Mount Carmel Township, Shamokin and Sunbury all have the boxes.

The MedReturn were awarded to the Northumberland County District Attorney's Office through a grant program made possible by a partnership between the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA initiative.

Classified an epidemic by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest growing drug problem. Visit www.ddap.pa.gov for more information.