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Where to Safely Discard Your Old Prescriptions

New dropboxes available for old drugs.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - A new effort to fight prescription drug abuse is underway in our region. You can now discard your unused prescription medicine at three drop boxes in Blair County.

They're located at the municipal buildings in Hollidaysburg and Tyrone, and the police department in Altoona. The Altoona dropboxes will be available to the public 24 hours a day, the Tyrone site will be open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30 pm, and the Hollidaysburg dropbox will be available from 8am until 11pm.

The collection boxes will be maintained by the area police departments and they, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will see that the drugs are destroyed.
 
Blair County First Assistant District Attorney Jackie Bernard says, "we don't want to leave them in the medicine cabinet for someone that's in our home to possibly divert those drugs for an illegal use, which are the types of things that addicts would do or someone who wants to make money from the sale of the drugs."
 
You can't put any illegal drugs, or syringes in the drop boxes. You also need to carefully seal any liquid drugs in their original containers. Also, make sure that you remove personal information from the containers.

The District Attorney's Office is administereing the program through a state grant obtained through the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnership.
 

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