HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A new initiative in the Commonwealth will help dispose of prescription drugs.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his office will supply 300,000 drug deactivation and disposal pouches in 12 counties.
Anyone receiving a schedule II narcotic at a participating pharmacy will be offered a free disposal pouch. The pouches can deactivate up to 45 unwanted pills when warm water is added.
“80 percent of heroin addicts start with the abuse of prescription drugs, and the vast majority of those who misuse these drugs got them from friends, relatives or a medicine cabinet,” said Attorney General Shapiro in a prepared release,
The Attorney General made the announcement about the new program at Klingensmith’s Neighborly Drug Store in Indiana County.
The counties involved in the new program are Blair, Butler, Cambria, Erie, Fayette, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer and Montour.
Last year in Pennsylvania, 4,642 persons died of fatal overdoses a 37 percent increase over 2015.
Other participating distributors and pharmacies include Giant Martin’s, Rite Aid, Weis, McKesson, CVS Pharmacy/Target and Walmart/Sam’s Club. As part of the initiative, the Office of Attorney General has made a website available to the public to learn where the participating pharmacies are located. Click here: https://www.attorney