HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday September 29, 2012, from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
There will be five drop off locations for Blair County for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs:
The Altoona Police Department will be at Walgreens Pharmacy 508 E. Plank Road, Altoona and Giant/Martins Pharmacy 200 E. Chestnut Avenue, Altoona.
The Pennsylvania State Police Department will be collecting at their office at 1510 N. Juniata Street Hollidaysburg and at 10637 Raystown Road, Huntingdon.
The Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics will be collecting at Friendship Fire Co. of Roaring Spring at 808 E. Main Street, Roaring Spring.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
The last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28, 2012 brought in 276 tons of unwanted prescription drugs.
For any questions or to find the closest collection site call 1-800-882-9539.