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Prescription drug take back event scheduled

Police to man disposal sites for medications

Police departments across Blair County are participating in a national prescription drug take back event Saturday, a news release said.

Residents can drop off expired and unused prescription medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at several locations throughout the county as part of the 19th annual Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Day.

The event is an effort to provide Americans a safe and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications, the DEA said.

While the Altoona Police Department provides a disposal site for prescription drugs in its station lobby, which is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Sgt. Matt Plummer said in a digital communication the take-back event makes drug disposal even easier.

“This gives the community the opportunity to properly dispose of prescription drugs while running errands,” Plummer said.

Disposing of unused or expired prescription drugs can prevent children from accidentally ingesting them or reduce temptations for people struggling with addiction, he added.

“National Take Back Day is important to help avoid further criminal activity or even death,” Plummer said.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 946-7458.

A closer look

DEA National Take Back Day locations

Altoona Police Department: Thompson’s Pharmacy, 600 E. Chestnut Ave., Altoona

Blair County Sheriff Office: Blair County Courthouse, 423 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg

Freedom Township Police: Walmart, 200 Commerce Drive, Duncansville

Martinsburg Borough Police: Martinsburg Police Department, 109 Mulberry St., Martinsburg

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