CLARKS SUMMIT — The silver box at the Clarks Summit police station looks like a mailbox, but it’s not for sending letters or packages.
Instead, it’s a vessel for safely disposing of prescription medication.
The department installed the box last week. Police Chief Christopher Yarns said he and others in the department had been contemplating buying a drug take back box due to the numbers of prescription medication the department netted during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events held at the Abington Community Library and other sites around the borough. Officials eventually learned of a grant available through Rite Aid that sponsored the box. Officer Eric Williams worked to bring a box to the borough, Yarns said.
“I thought there was a need for it,” Yarns said.
People can only dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medication at the box. Anyone wishing to turn in unused or expired medication should remove the medication from the bottle or package it came in and put it in a bag instead. The box is safe and secure, as it is bolted to the wall and is under video surveillance, Yarns said. People can access it 24/7 at the police station, located in the basement of the borough building, 304 S. State St., via the elevator at the building.
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Oct. 27. The Drug Enforcement Administration started the initiative as way to combat drug addiction and overdose deaths. Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from their medicine cabinets, according to the take back day website. The local event will take place at the library, 1200 W. Grove St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Renee Roberts, young adult services and project manager at the library, said.
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