In Mifflin County, Stephen Snook, District Attorney, took the lead to organize our county’s first ever Drug Take-Back collection that took place on Sept 25. Our local law enforcement departments, Mifflin County Regional Police, Granville Township Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police, partnered with Mifflin County Communities That Care and six local businesses.
The event was a great success. A total of 48 pounds of unwanted medications was collected during this event. In Pa. and Delaware, a total of three tons of medications was collected and safely disposed of through incineration.
Six collection sites were each staffed by a law enforcement officer along with a Communities That Care volunteer. At the event, a handout was distributed that described the federal guidelines for proper disposal of prescription drugs.
We thank the six local businesses who agreed to be collection sites: Weis Market in Burnham, Kmart, Tom’s Travel Center in Milroy, Walmart, Lowe’s, and CVS in Lewistown. There was also a seventh collection site at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Juniata County
Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, stated “More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends or family – often from the home medicine cabinet. Expanding take-back efforts nationwide is a critical step in preventing prescription drug diversion and abuse, while safeguarding the environment.”
Mifflin County DA Snook stated that this event was a success and “got serious drugs off the streets.” People who came by, with or without drugs to dispose of, had very positive feedback for this collection and they were thankful for a way to dispose of their medications properly. We hope to hold an annual Drug Take-Back event in Mifflin County.