Blair County departments take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Departments across Blair County celebrated National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 23

The Blair County Sheriff’s Department, Altoona Police and Penn State Altoona Police left vehicles in certain parts of the county to collect any unwanted, expired or unused drugs.

Results from the last National Take Bake Drug day that occurred in April had over 4,000 total law enforcement departments take part with over 5,000 collection sites, and a total of 839,534 pounds of drugs were collected, according to the DEA.

A 2019 survey done by the DEA on drug use and health found that 9.7 million people misused prescription pain reliever, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.

In order to find a collection site near you visit the DEA’s Take Back Day website.

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