HAWLEY - The Rotary Club of Hawley is hosting a “Drug Take Back” event Saturday, April 29 at the Hawley Senior Center. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., anyone with unwanted or unneeded prescription medicines or over the counter drugs, may bring them in for safe disposal.
Jill Hessling, a member of the Rotary Club said this effort furthers the mission to serve and make a better community in which tho live. This is the second year the Rotary Club has sponsored the event, she said.
The idea of these events is to remove these medicines and drugs out of the way of temptation for drug abuse by anyone in or visiting the home. Safe disposal of drugs also helps to protect the environment when the drugs are not flushed away into the water supply.
“This disease doesn’t discriminate,” Hessling said. “[Drug abuse] happens to many, many families. If we can prevent any family - one family at a time - it will be a success.”
Hawley Borough Police will be stationed at the Senior Center to oversee the drop-off and transport of the pharmaceutical controlled substances to a licensed disposal facility.
Drop-off is entirely confidential and no questions are asked, Hessling said. Do not bring pill bottles. The medicines and drugs should be placed in a secured plastic bag.
Proper disposal of medicines and legal, household drugs is regulated and promoted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
For more information visit www.dea.gov.