September 27, 2011
Public is invited to clean out their medicine cabinets for October 29 collection.
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Sept. 27, 2011 — Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are once again partnering to provide a collection site in New Holland for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The public is encouraged to bring expired, unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to Garden Spot Village on Sat., Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for disposal at the collection site in the community’s Village Square lobby.
“When we hosted New Holland’s first Take-Back Day last April, Garden Spot Village residents and the public dropped off nearly 80 pounds of medications, helping keep them out of the wrong hands and out of the water supply,” said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment at Garden Spot Village.
Nationwide, last April’s effort resulted in the safe disposal of more than 188 tons of drugs.
“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Chief Donald Bowers of the New Holland Police Department. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.”
Statistics from a 2009 survey on drug use indicate that 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, some 2,500 teens each day use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Most of these abused drugs come from a friend’s or family member’s medicine cabinet.
The first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was held in September 2010 and resulted in the collection of more than 121 tons of pills.
Take-Back Day is free and completely anonymous. The sites will accept pills, capsules, creams and liquids, but cannot accept syringes. Participants should remove any personal information from drug bottles or packages.
A law enforcement officer will be present during the collection. Signs will be posted on campus to direct the public to the collection site.
Garden Spot Village is located at 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. For more information, call Colleen Musselman at 717-355-6007 or Chief Donald Bowers at 717-354-4647 or visit www.dea.gov.