The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 14, 2014

Drop boxes now available for prescription drug disposal

SHAMOKIN DAM — A new statewide program is making it easier for people to dispose of expired and unwanted prescription medications at drop boxes across Snyder and Northumberland counties.

The units are available at locations monitored by local law enforcement in both counties, giving residents a year-round opportunity to throw out legal drugs they no longer need without any questions asked.

“We want people to get used to recycling their medications the same way they got used to recycling aluminum,” Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch said today at the public launch of the program.

The service is offered free of charge and is currently being used by more than 30 counties that received a portion of a $100,000 federal grant supplied to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Union County is also applying to take part in the program.

With three million teens nationwide becoming addicted to prescription medication each year and the death toll rising from prescription drug overdoses, Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini said, the proper disposal of expired and unused drugs is critical.

For the past five years, the counties have participated in annual Drug Take-Back initiatives. Piecuch said the one-time collection has grown over the years, with an increasing amount of prescriptions being dropped off and highlighting the need for a year-round collection effort.

Many abusers are young children who steal medications from their grandparents, said Middleburg Police Chief Tony Jordan.

Snyder County Sheriff Joseph Reigle Jr. said residents are taking advantage of the service offered through the MedReturn drug collection box set up at the sheriff’s office in Middleburg about a month ago.

MedReturn units are also available in Snyder County at Middleburg, Selinsgrove and Shamokin Dam Police Departments and in Northumberland County at the police departments in Mount Carmel, Mount Carmel Township, Shamokin, Coal Township, Sunbury and Milton.

Click Here for a list of drop-off locations and other information.

Text Only
  • bass22.jpg Mifflinburg honors its national fishing champs

    MIFFLINBURG — More than 50 friends, fans and relatives gathered in front of Mifflinburg Area High School on Monday night to celebrate the homecoming of juniors Nick Osman and Garrett Enders, newly crowned winners of the BASSmasters National High School Championships, held last week in Tennessee.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Federal appeals court deals blow to ACA

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

  • Newport official succeeds Snook in $94G-a-year post

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 22, 2014

  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    July 22, 2014

  • $5,000 added for M-W restroom work

    The bill for the Midd-West School District stadium restroom renovations continues to rise to the consternation of at least one board member.

    July 22, 2014

  • Today's editorial: Dubious achievements in press secretary-ism

    Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Valley Congressman Tom Marino since May, recently posted on LinkedIn that he was excited and ready to elevate the congressman’s legislative profile — which Shucard did last weekend (but not in a good way) when he got himself arrested for bringing a pistol into a federal office building.

    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

  • Victim of rock-throwers making progress

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd, the 52-year-old Ohio woman fighting for her life after being hit by a rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass, is slowly coming around, according to her husband, Randy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Porter Another teen says he threw rock on I-80, too

    MIFFLINBURG — The father of the third juvenile charged as an adult in a July 10 rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman fighting for her life was apologetic following his son’s arraignment Monday.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mayor's dog recovering from attack

    DANVILLE — Bernie and Red Swank have two different routes they take daily when they walk their dogs, and at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Water Street, a German shepherd attacked Lex, their white 5-year-old lhasa apso.

    July 21, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.