County police departments collecting meds on Sept. 27

Police departments throughout Warren County will hold the ninth prescription drug take-back on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Participating agencies and locations are: Youngsville Police Department, in the borough building; Warren City Police, in the municipal building; and Conewango Township Police, at Wal-Mart in North Warren.

Warren County Sheriff Chief Deputy Bill Gardner said that the Sheriff’s Office will collect prescription drugs at the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department, pending approval of the site by the DEA.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, although Warren General Hospital has offered a collection device for sharps and needles at the Youngsville location.

A press release from Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser states, “This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.”

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

The press release also advises that flushing the medicines down the toilet or disposing them in the trash pose potential health and safety hazards.