LECOM Health is asking Erie residents to do their part to help thwart drug addiction and overdose deaths by eliminating unused, unwanted and expired medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 24.
Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day highlights the dangers posed by unused or expired prescriptions such as accidental poisonings, misuse, overdoses and a threat to the environment if not disposed of properly. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a majority of misused prescription drugs are acquired from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a dramatic increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Locally, the LECOM Department of Police and Security, in partnership with Millcreek Community Hospital, will host a collection event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 24 in the parking lot at 5312 Peach St., Erie. The following items will be accepted: prescription medications, patches, ointments, cough syrups, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples and pet medications.
Needles, lancets, syringes, aerosol cans, inhalers, alcohol or peroxide, clinical or medical waste, and personal care products will not be accepted.
This prescription drug take back effort is a free community outreach service of LECOM Health. The collection will be anonymous; no questions will be asked.
Additionally, the Erie County Department of Human Services offers a number of medication drop boxes throughout the community.
For more information, visit eriecountypa.gov.