Thousands of pills, many of them painkillers, are out of Warren County medicine cabinets and in the hands of the proper authorities.
A cooperative effort of the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Youngsville Borough Police provided a drop-off point for unused and expired medications on Saturday.
According to Chief Todd Mineweaser, “a couple dozen” people came in during the event, dropping off enough prescription bottles to fill two kitchen-size garbage cans.
Some of the bottles dated from the 1960s and 1970s, according to Mineweaser.
The pills filled up about 1 cubic foot of the box provided by DEA for the collection.
When Special Agent Kevin Black arrived at the borough police department at Island Park, he was impressed with the results.
“I didn’t expect so much,” he said.
The goal of the project was to remove unused medications, especially painkillers, from houses where they could be found and taken by youth.
“It’s a huge problem,” Black said. “These are pills that young people won’t be able to get their hands on.”
Black traveled from the DEA Pittsburgh District Office to Youngsville for the event. There were about 20 locations in western Pennsylvania participating in the nationwide Take Back Initiative on Saturday, he said.
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
More pills on the pile
Youngsville Borough Police Intern Joe Bevevino empties a medicine bottle into a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration collection box during the nationwide Take Back Initiative.