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Pottstown, Pa. (April 26, 2011) – TriCounty Community Network (TCN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, social and environmental conditions in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, today announced its support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative on April 30 to help protect youth and the environment from the negative potential impacts of unused prescription drugs.
Casey Jones, a member of TCN’s Education & Advocacy Team and the C.A.R.E. committee, said the organization is promoting to its members and their communities participation in this important program, which provides the opportunity for free, safe disposal of unused prescription drugs that often are found in home medicine cabinets.
No-questions-asked Take Back Day collection sites will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at several area community locations, including designated supermarkets, under jurisdiction of participating police departments.
Collection sites within the Greater Pottstown area include:
Pottstown – Giant Markets, 86 Glocker Way, Pottstown (North CoventryPolice) and Lower Pottsgrove Police Department,2199 Buchert Road.
Douglassville -Amity Township Police, 2004 Weavertown Road.
Gilbertsville – Giant Markets, 173 Holly Road(Douglass Township Police).
Phoenixville – Police Department, 140 Church Street, and Giant Markets at 700 Nutt Road.
Schwenksville -Pennsylvania State Police – Skippack Barracks, 2047-C Bridge Road.
Zieglerville -Lower Frederick Township Police, 53 Spring Mount Road.
Oaks -Upper Providence Township Police, 286 Black Rock Road.
Individuals may also drop off prescription drugs at other locations found at the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
Jones, who undertakes community outreach as a Transformation Initiative for Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy Families, said the national collection program complements a significant number of TCN’s own collaborative initiatives in the areas of health, education, environmental awareness, youth and family development, assistance to caregivers and homelessness.
“Prescription drugs are becoming a new drug of choice for youth,” he said, noting that national survey results from the DEA found one in seven teens admitting to abusing prescription drugs to get high during the past year, with 60 percent of teens who have abused prescription pain relievers having done so before the age of 15.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that unused prescriptions, poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet, may enter streams and rivers and, ultimately, end up in municipal water supplies.
In addition to promoting proper disposal of unused prescription drugs, TCN is seeking to educate the public, including children, about the dangers associated with un-prescribed use of medicines. It will be providing posters and other materials to its members and others for distribution to and education of individuals, employees and clients.
Members of the public that also would like to promote this activity with posters or handbills, that also can be used as church bulletin inserts, may obtain them from TCN at email@example.com.
Additional information about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative, along with the searchable database of collection sites in neighboring areas, is available at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
About TriCounty Community Network
TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions. Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers seven key programs: Build Up Youth, C.A.R.E. (Caring in Alternative Residential Environments), Environmental Awareness, Family Literacy, Homeless Services, S.A.F.E. (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development. For more information on TCN, call 610-705-3301 or visit www.tcnetwork.org.