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Drug Take-Back in Silver Spring Township

posted Jul 29, 2014, 10:36 AM by Justin Eberly   [ updated Jul 29, 2014, 10:36 AM ]
Silver Spring Township Police Department is among the many law enforcement agencies participating in the drug take-back collection box initiative.   

Current common medication disposal practices, such as flushing down the drain or toilet, are an emerging issue as studies continue to show trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies across the country. While the comprehensive risks are still unclear, researchers are finding evidence that even extremely diluted concentrations of pharmaceutical residues harm fish, frogs, and other aquatic species in the wild and impair the workings of human cells in the laboratory.

Abuse, most notably by teenagers and young adults, of prescription medications commonly found in homes is also an emerging issue. Removing unwanted and expired medications from the home helps to eliminate this abuse.

Cumberland County was one of the first governmental agencies in Pennsylvania to offer a medication collection and disposal program. The program, which began in 2008, consisted of drop-off events where residents could bring their unwanted medications for disposal. The historical results of the program are presented below.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began to offer national prescription drug take-back events in the fall of 2010. As a result, Cumberland County decided to end its program in lieu of the DEA program.

From: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.