March 30, 2012
Public is invited to clean out their medicine cabinets for safe disposal of unwanted drugs.
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Mar. 30, 2012 — In their ongoing efforts to serve the eastern Lancaster County community, Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department are once again partnering to provide safe, secure disposal of expired, unwanted or unused medications.
The two organizations are participating in the semiannual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Sat., Apr. 28. They invite to bring expired, unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs to Garden Spot Village on Sat., Apr. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for disposal at the collection site in Village Square Parking Lot #1.
“We are happy to offer this important service to our residents and neighbors in and around New Holland.In keeping with our value of stewardship, Take-Back Day helps keep potentially dangerous medications out of the wrong hands and out of the water supply,” said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment at Garden Spot Village.
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. A law enforcement officer will be present at the disposal box during the collection, but will not any questions or request any identification. The sites will accept pills, capsules, as well as creams and liquids in their original containers. Sites cannot accept syringes or other “sharps” due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. Participants should remove any personal information from drug bottles or packages.
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.