(PAOLI) – More than 60 pounds of unwanted medication was collected during the Paoli Police Department’s first drug-take-back event.
“These results by far exceeded any of our expectations,” says Sgt. Tyler Phillips. “It was our pleasure to provide the community with this service and we look forward to hosting another drug take-back event in October.
For the first time, the Paoli Police Department participated in the DEA’s annual “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday at Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy on North Gospel Street.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses an all-too-common local public safety and health issue. Unused/expired medication stored in home cabinets is highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Also, many do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage – both potential safety and health hazards.
By participating in an event sponsored by law enforcement, residents can be assured these potentially harmful substances will be disposed of in a safe, responsible manner.