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April 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Rear Parking Lot
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Rd.

Cranberry Township, PA 16066
DEA drug collection
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Drug Take-Back Collection

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cranberry Township will participate in a nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at the Municipal Center rear parking lot. Initiated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration eight years ago, the drive up/drop off collection will be staffed by members of Cranberry Township police department.

Why should you participate? 

First, pharmaceuticals expire, lose potency, and in some cases spoil.  Their effects on the patient, as a result, are not what they are supposed to be.  As a result, drugs should be discarded after their expiration dates to safeguard the health of those for whom the medications were prescribed. 

However, even for medications whose potency dates are still current, the United States has no system in place for donating pharmaceuticals to charitable causes.  That’s against the law.  Unwanted drugs should be discarded or destroyed, even if they are still medically useful. 

Second, medicines that enter the sanitary sewer system through toilets or drains create problems for the wastewater treatment industry and the environment.  The process that sewage treatment plants use is not designed to remove most pharmaceuticals.  Instead, those drugs enter into waterways and ultimately into drinking water.  Their impact on humans is a matter of concern to public health officials.

Third, some prescribed medications can be abused in much the same way as street drugs.  They can be stolen, they can be accessed by children from home medicine cabinets, they can poison household pets, and they can become a source of drug abuse and criminal behavior.  Medications in the wrong hands can lead to serious addiction, legal and social problems. 

No questions will be asked of those bringing items in for disposal and no identification is needed for either type of collection.  All collected medicine will be turned over to the DEA for destruction.  All forms of medication, including tablets, capsules, pills, liquids and ointments will be accepted.  They can be deposited either loose or inside their original containers.  However, sharpies and syringes cannot be accepted due to the potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.  There is no charge for the drug disposal service. 

The Cranberry take-back event is in addition to the drop-off drug collection box in the police department lobby, which is available anytime during normal business hours.