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Local Police Join ‘National Drug Take-Back Day’

May 6th, 2018

Tons of unwanted prescription drugs are being taken out of the underground marketplace thanks to a national campaign that is literally taking a bite out of crime. Potter County law enforcement officials observed National Drug Take-Back Day with a public relations campaign to encourage the use of designated disposal sites for pills that are coveted by opioid addicts and traffickers. It comes in an era when purses, medicine cabinets and other repositories for prescription drugs are prime targets for thieves and even family members seeking a quick fix or a quick buck. Some prescription painkillers have a street value of $30 per pill.

State police at Denton Hill, local police in Coudersport and Galeton and the Potter County Sheriff’s office have established secure drop-off boxes. Controlled substances, non-controlled substances, over the counter medications and liquid products and creams in their containers are accepted. Syringes or other sharp instruments are prohibited. The program is anonymous; no questions are asked at the disposal sites.

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses,” said Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Most methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down a toilet or throwing them in trash, are bad for the environment and both pose safety and health hazards.”

Gathering as part of a promotional campaign for the recent National Drug Take-Back Day were, from left: Curt McClain, Coudersport Borough police chief; Matt Baker of Tioga County, regional director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; and Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson.

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