National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 27th

East Lampeter Township PD is taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 27, 2018 from 10am-2pm at Royer Pharmacy, Leola

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Royer Pharmacy at 355 W. Main St., Leola, PA 17540.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The last event was in April 2018 and 474.5 tons (949,046 lbs.) of prescription drugs were collected at more than 5,842 sites operated by the DEA and 4,683 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9.9 million pounds—more than 4,900 tons—of pills.

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.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Pennsylvania also has a permanent drug take-back program that has participating locations in Lancaster County. East Lampeter Township Police Department has a take back box in the lobby.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, additional disposal locations, or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.