Barletta Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, October 22nd

Oct 19, 2016
Press Release
DEA-Sponsored Event Promotes Responsible Disposal of Unused Medicine

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today urged residents of Pennsylvania’s 11th District to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs by participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the program is designed to remove surplus medication from circulation and prevent its abuse.  In previous years, the program has resulted in nearly 500 tons of prescription drugs being collected nationally.

“Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury deaths in this country,” Barletta said.  “We should do everything we can to remove old, unwanted drugs from medicine cabinets to protect children and prevent abuse by others.”

Police departments, shopping centers, and other locations will be receiving unwanted prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  To find a nearby location, residents can call (800) 882-9539 or visit the DEA’s website at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

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