Washington Township Police host Drug Take Back Day

ROUZERVILLE—Washington Township Police will host a take-back of unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 24.

This October’s event is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue—medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The drop-off service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Citizens can simply stop by the Walmart parking lot, 12751 Washington Township Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to drop off their unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

“We look forward to giving the community this opportunity to safely dispose of their medications. This is a great program that we can offer with the assistance of Walmart and the DEA,” said Cindy Broas, office manager. “This year has brought so many challenges with the way we are able to interact with the community, we miss our community, and can’t wait to see everybody.”

Broas said the event will follow social distancing guidelines and safety guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Washington Township Police Department has a medication drop box and sharps collection box at the station located at 13013 Welty Road, Waynesboro, where medications can be dropped off for disposal.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 24 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact Cindy Broas, Office Manager Washington Township Police Department, 717-762-1447.