Pa. Attorney General to hold drug take-back event

From staff reports

MIFFLINTOWN — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in conjunction with the Juniata County District Attorney, is facilitating a one day drug take-back event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, concluding with a press conference held by Attorney General Shapiro in Mifflintown around 4:30 p.m. at the Juniata Courthouse Annex building, according to a news release from the Juniata County District Attorney’s office.

The purpose of the event is to draw greater public attention to the opioid crisis currently affecting the Commonwealth and the nation through collecting unwanted, unused and expired medications. According to the news release, Juniata County has two drug take-back boxes, which are located in the Juniata County Courthouse Annex — accessible between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday’s — and in the lobby of the Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown Barracks, located at Arch Rock — accessible 24 hours. Anyone who has medication in need of disposal may drop it off at either one of these two locations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

“Eighty percent of heroin addicts start with the abuse of prescription drugs and the vast majority of those who misuse these drugs got them from friends, relatives or what’s lying around in a medicine cabinet,” Shapiro said in the press release. ” I’m pleased to join with [District Attorney] Snook, to help Juniata County residents safely dispose of prescription medication with our drug take-back event. Please bring your unused prescription drugs to one of the designated locations and ensure it does not help

fuel addictions in our Commonwealth.”

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