Prescription Drug Take-Back called success in county

The sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back has been completed and with it, hundreds of pounds of Warren County medications are out of circulation.

The program is an effort to reduce drug abuse.

The first six events have removed 2.8 million pounds of unwanted, unfinished medications from homes nationwide, making those drugs unavailable to those who might use them accidentally or recreationally, and to those who might steal them for use or sale.

“Our national Take-Back events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” according to a release from U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge David Dongilli.

“It’s successful,” Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser said. “It’s growing each time – from starting out with 28 pounds, now we have 435 (county-wide).”

Participating agencies in the county included Youngsville Police, City of Warren Police, Conewango Township Police, and Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

In the Pennsylvania and Delaware area, there were 44,000 pounds of drugs collected at 417 sites. Nationwide, the total was 742,497 pounds at 5,829 locations.

The DEA handles disposal of the drugs. “In keeping American ‘green’, all of the drugs collected were incinerated in accordance with state regulations,” Dongilli said.