Unused medication sent to PA National Guard

Photo by Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

On May 6, 2019, 226 pounds of unused medications collected during the first quarter of this year were transferred to the PA National Guard and agents from the PA Attorney General's Office for destruction. Since the start of the program in September 2016, over 1,942 pounds of unused medications have been collected and transferred for destruction. Residents are reminded that Med Return collection boxes are located at all law enforcement stations/offices in Elk County (Elk County Sheriff's Office, City of St. Marys Police Department, Ridgway Borough Police Department, Johnsonburg Borough Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Ridgway). Unused medications can be deposited at any of the locations. Citizens can remain anonymous by blacking out any personal information on the packaging.  Confidentiality is strictly maintained. The collection program provides for a safe, convenient, and environmentally-safe way to discard unused medications.  The Drug Take Back/ Med Collection Program is a collaboration between the District Attorney Shawn T McMahon and Sheriff W. Todd Caltagarone.