Brown Encourages People to Turn In Unneeded Prescription Drugs

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East Stroudsburg, PA – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is encouraging local residents who have unneeded, unused or expired prescription drugs to bring them to a local collection site for proper disposal during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

“Prescription drug misuse is a growing problem,” said Brown.  “Parents should be especially cautious to ensure their medications are not being taken from their medicine cabinet without their knowledge.”

More than 4,700 sites are participating nationwide in this effort to prevent prescription drug misuse.  Disposing of unused medicines by throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can pollute the environment and water supply.

The following local locations are participating:

  • Barrett Township Police Department, Barrett Township Municipal Building, S.R. 390, Cresco.
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Courthouse, 610 Monroe St., Stroudsburg.
  • Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, S.R. 940, Pocono Summit.
  • Pocono Township Police Department, S.R. 611, Tannersville.
  • Stroud Area Regional Police Department, 100 Day St., East Stroudsburg.

For information or to find other collection sites, visit www.dea.gov, click on the “Got Drugs?” banner and enter your ZIP code.

Last year, the first year of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA collected more than 121 tons of prescription drugs across the country.