Drug disposal center may be coming to Pine Creek Township

JUNE 10, 2017

JIM RUNKLE

jrunkle@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners are supporting a proposed “medication disposal receptacle center” for Pine Creek Township.

The commissioners hope their backing, via a letter of support, will result in the creation of a prescription drug take-back center at Pine Creek Township Police Station.

Currently, Clinton County has three such receptacle centers, providing a safe disposal method for unused prescription drugs. One is at Lock Haven City Hall and another is in the lobby of the Clinton County Garden Building.

Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse recently announced the arrival of a CVS Pharmacy grant to install a third drug collection unit, at the office of District Judge Frank Mills, 112 Ninth St., Renovo.

And now, Pine Creek Township Police Department is applying for one of these grants for an additional take-back box for eastern Clinton County. The location represents a wider coverage area and more convenience for citizens looking to safely throw away potentially dangerous drugs, County Commissioner Jeff Snyder said.

“This is just one more very valuable tool to remove these potentially dangerous drugs from our community,” he added.

According to Strouse, such units provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

The collection centers are intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers.

“Experts say it’s way too easy to get prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study,” Strouse said

The CVS/Pharmacy Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program

CVS Pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this innovative donation program with The Partnership at Drugfree.org. It has been called the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date, and it supports the goal of preventing a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the end of the year.

The pharmacy chain also assists law enforcement by supporting local drug take-back events and promoting local drug disposal collection sites.