Unwanted pills collected Saturday
National Expired Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be observed Saturday.
It's an opportunity for everyone to clean out their expired medications.
One in six teenagers have used a prescription drug to get high or change their mood, and 44 percent of teens have at least one friend who abuses prescription drugs, according to a recent report by the Medicine Abuse Project. The same organization reports that more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than car crashes a tragic trend that's increasingly driven by the abuse of prescription pain killers.
In light of these startling statistics, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is supporting the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in an effort to help prevent medication abuse and rid homes of unwanted and unnecessary prescription drugs. The public can drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the following locations:
• Summit Hill Police Department, 40 W. Amidon St., Summit Hill.
• Schuylkill County Sheriff Department, 320 Broad St., Tamaqua.
• Slatington Police Department, 125 S. Walnut St., Slatington.
• Lehigh Township Fire Company, Lehigh Drive and Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.