Prescription take-back announced in county

Several local law enforcement agencies in Warren County will participate in a prescription drug take-back event this weekend with a new location and time added at the Allegheny Community Center.

The City of Warren Police Department will offer another location and opportunity for residents to dispose of unwanted prescription medications at the ACC on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Three other take-back locations will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Warren Police Department, 318 W. Third Ave.; Youngsville Borough Police, Youngsville Borough building, 40 Railroad St.; and Conewango Township Police, Wal-Mart at the Warren Commons, 2901 Market St., North Warren.

Warren County Sheriff Ken Klakamp said deputies will also provide a pick-up service for those who cannot make it to the drop-off sites. Residents interested in arranging a pick-up may call the sheriff’s office at 723-7553.

“As in the past we will accept any medication with the exception of needles with or without the original bottles,” City of Warren Police Sgt. Brandon Deppen said.

The program is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs and service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

“We don’t ask who you are or what it is,” Deppen said. “We see things people bring in with dates from the ’80s and ’90s.”

The program will not take medical “sharps” or syringes, but will take just about any other medications, including liquids and creams as long as they’re in a sealed container.