National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 26, 2019
PITTSBURGH, PA, (October 22, 2019) – Communities around the country and across the Commonwealth continue to struggle with escalating drug addiction, some of which begins with easily-accessible prescription drugs.
In fact, nearly 10 million Americans have misused controlled prescription drugs, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That’s an increase of nearly 4 million from the previous year’s survey.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, Pittsburgh will have the opportunity, for the second time this year, to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in an effort to diminish devastating drug abuse in our communities.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines forgotten or left behind in the home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are advised that disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, poses potential safety and health hazards.
All expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at the following locations this Saturday, 26 October 2019:
Zone 1: 1501 Brighton Rd, 15212
Zone 2: 2000 Centre Ave, 15219
Zone 3: 830 E Warrington Ave, 15210
Zone 4: 5858 Northumberland St, 15217
Zone 5: 1401 Washington Blvd, 15206
Zone 6: 312 South Main St, 15220
Phillips Rec Center: 201 Parkfield St, 15210
Police Headquarters: 1203 Western Ave, 15233
For those who can’t participate this weekend, permanent drop-off boxes are located at Pittsburgh Police Headquarters and Zone 6.
For more information about the safe disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th Take Back Day event, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.
Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure announced last week that Swinburne Street will be closed for about five months as the city conducts repairs related to landslides.
The $630,000 project will begin during the week of 21 October 2019. Traffic will be closed in both directions between Greenfield Avenue and Edgehill Street/Childs Street on the Greenfield-South Oakland border.
Detours will be marked. Access to the Sestili Nursery will be available.
The project will include the construction of a wall and soil stabilization.
Come Meet and Talk With City Resources That Can Help Make Your Community Safer and Stronger!
When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30pm – 6:30pm — Light Dinner 6:30pm – 8:30pm — Meeting Program
Where: St. Pius X Byzantine Catholic Church, 2336 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh (Carrick) 15210
City Resources on hand: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Pittsburgh Parking Authority Office of Nighttime Economy Department of Mobility & Infrastructure 311 Response Center Dept. of Permits, Licensing & Inspections