WTAJ — Several pharmacies, organizations, fire departments and police departments across Central Pennsylvania will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help prevent prescription drug misuse.

On Saturday, April 30, any unused, unneeded or expired prescription medication can be taken to the following locations to be properly disposed of. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BLAIR COUNTY:

  • Penn State University Altoona – 236 East Wopsononnock Avenue, Altoona, Pa, 16601
  • Walgreens – 508 East Plank Road, Altoona, Pa, 16602
  • Blair County Courthouse, Front – 423 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, Pa, 16648
  • Freedom Township Police Department – 131 Municipal Street, East Freedom, Pa, 16637
  • Martinsburg Police Department – 109 Street Mulberry Street, Martinsburg, Pa 16662

CAMBRIA COUNTY:

  • Mainline Pharmacy – 619 Main Street, Portage, Pa, 15946
  • Jackson Township Municipal Building – 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, Pa, 15909
  • East Taylor Township Police Department – 2402 William Penn Avenue, Conemaugh, Pa, 15909
  • Martella’s Pharmacy of Parkhill – 1932 William Penn Avenue, Conemaugh, Pa, 15909
  • West Hills Regional Police – 1000 Luzerne Street, Johnstown, Pa, 15905
  • Upper Yoder Police Department – 110 Sunray Dr, Johnstown, Pa, 15905
  • Riverside Volunteer Fire Department – 615 Liberty Avenue, Pa, 15905
  • Martella’s Pharmacy – 1079 Franklin Street, Johnstown, Pa, 15905
  • Oakland Volunteer Fire Department – 1714 Bedford Street, Johnstown, Pa, 15902
  • Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department – 1321 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, Pa, 15904
  • Richland Township Police – 322 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pa, 15904
  • Adams Township Municipal Building – 125 Mary Drive, Sidman, Pa, 15955
  • Adams Township Fire – 849 Locust Street, St. Michael, Pa, 15951

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SOMERSET COUNTY:

  • Boswell Prescription Center – 210 Ohio Street, Boswell, Pa, 15531
  • Martella’s Pharmacy – 901 Gramham Avenue, Windber, Pa, 15963

If not used properly, prescription drugs can pose a serious danger to ones health and the environment around us. An estimated 185 overdoes deaths occur each day across the country and over 50% of prescription medication goes unused and is not properly stored or disposed of.

Environmental Risks

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most water treatment facilities cannot filter out prescription drugs. Therefore, any medicines that are poured down a drain can enter the environment and contaminate drinking water.

Accidental Use

Accidental drug overdoses are one of the most common sources of household injuries. Young children are especially at risk.

Health Risks

Keeping drugs in a home past the expiration date could pose health risks. Expired drugs might not only be ineffective, but harmful to anyone who takes them.

Intentional Misuse

Prescription drugs can be used to get high. A family or friend’s medicine cabinet can be a main source for misused medicine. Research shows brain development continues into a persons twenties and early drug use may impact development.

Additional information on how to safely dispose of prescription drugs or find other drop off locations can be found online.