Pictured is the new drug disposal box located in the Pine Creek Township Police station.
AVIS — Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse’s office and the Pine Creek Township Police Department have been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit.
This unit is located at the newly renovated Pine Creek Township Police Department, 31 Municipal Drive, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
The units 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. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.
The drop-off box will also help Pine Creek Township residents prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.
This collection box is the fourth to be installed in Clinton County.
PHOTO PROVIDED Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse, center, is flanked by Clinton County Detective Jim Edwards, left, and Pine Creek Township Police Officer Dennis Gill.
Others are located at the Garden Building on East Main Street in Lock Haven, the Lock Haven City Police Department at City Hall, and Magisterial District Court 25-3-03 on Ninth Street in Renovo.
The collection unit is the third obtained by the District Attorney’s Office under Strouse, who has made the issue a primary focus since he entered office.
“Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to our continuing effort to protect our children and water supply,” said Strouse. “Clinton County is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” Strouse added, “I want to especially thank Pine Creek Township Police Chief Dave Winkleman and Clinton County Detective Jim Edwards for their efforts in securing this new unit.”
The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.
“CVS/pharmacy is dedicated to collaborating with organizations like The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and local law enforcement to prevent the abuse of unwanted and expired medication,” said Josh Flum, senior vice president of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Health. “The installment of drug collection receptacles is part of our ongoing commitment to battle prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and to help people in the communities we serve on their path to better health.”
CVS/pharmacy also assists law enforcement by supporting local drug take-back events and promoting local drug disposal collection sites. CVS/pharmacy has conducted drug collection campaigns utilizing their retail locations, including several National Drug Take Back Day events. Law enforcement agencies which operate their own on-going collection site programs can also arrange to have the address and hours of their operations posted in local CVS/pharmacy stores.
Pine Creek Township’s new Drug Collection Unit is open to the public during all normal business hours and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.
Clinton County residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number 1-866-559-8830 or visitwww.cvs.com/safercommunities.