Story by: Katie Kyros
People across the country were able to get rid of expired and/or unwanted prescription medications during National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.
Grocery stores, fire departments, police departments and other locations were set up as drop off locations.
In York County, many GIANT Food Stores took part. The store on Pauline Drive in York Township, coordinated with the York Area Regional Police Department to collect unwanted prescription drugs.
Organizers say many residents came with bags full of pill bottles; saying they didn’t know how to properly dispose of them.
Police say leaving the drugs with law enforcement is the most efficient way to clean them out.
“When they bring them here and drop them off, it gets taken directly to an incinerator where they’re disposed of properly and don’t have to worry about environmental issues or getting into the hands of the wrong people,” said Lt. Tobin Zech of the York Area Regional Police Department.
Many police departments collect unwanted medications all year. The drugs can be dropped off in secure “Take Back” boxes in their front lobbies.
Participating departments in York County include: Northern York County Regional Police, Fairview Township Police, West York Borough Police, York Area Regional Police, Southwestern Regional Police, Carroll Township Police, Spring Garden Police, Southern Regional Police, Springettsbury Township Police, Northeastern Regional Police and Penn Township Police.
Contact your local police department to see if it participates.