– House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) will be teaming up with the Town of McCandless Police Department to host a free Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the McKnight Elementary School/North Allegheny Intermediate parking lots in Pittsburgh
“Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications,” said Turzai. “To reduce the risk of these drugs falling into the wrong hands, it’s important that you clean out your medicine cabinet and properly dispose your unwanted and expired medicines.”
Medications that will be accepted for the event include prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, pet medications, patches, vitamins and supplements, and inhalers. Those items not approved for disposal include IV bags, blood or infectious waste, nebulizers, oxygen tanks and mercury thermometers.
In addition to the drug disposal service, the event will serve as a location to shred confidential documents properly. Residents can drop off three to five boxes per household of unwanted documents that contain personal information. The materials to be shredded should not include newspapers, magazines or books. Paper clips and staples need not be removed before shredding. This event is for personal shredding only.
“By shredding paperwork that contains birth dates, Social Security numbers, bank account information and other sensitive or identifying information, we can better protect ourselves from identity thieves,” said Turzai. “I encourage area residents to take advantage of this free service.”
For more information, call Turzai’s district office at 412-369-2230.
Representative Mike Turzai
Speaker of the House
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Paul Engelkemier