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PA American Water Urges Customers To Take Advantage Of Drug Take-Back Days

Pennsylvania American Water is encouraging customers to protect themselves and the environment by disposing of unused medications at local collection sites on October 26 as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The program, coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, gives the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

“We urge people to take advantage of the drug take-back events, because they prevent pharmaceutical products from being flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash,” said Paul A. Zielinski, senior director of water quality and environmental compliance, Pennsylvania American Water. “Both of those options pose potential hazards to our environment.”

Prescription drugs collected at the free take-back events are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner, keeping the medications out of local landfills and watersheds. Removing drugs from the home also helps prevent pill theft and abuse.

Medications should be kept in their original containers with labels intact.

To find a nearby collection site, visit DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day webpage. 

NewsClip: Lehigh County Drug Take-Back Days At 17 Locations


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