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Prescription drug take-back boxes now available in some Pennsylvania counties

Drug addictions are often powerful enough to cause serious harm to a person’s career ambitions, personal relationships, and self-worth. When people serve jail sentences for a drug crime, they may be unable to support their families, and after they leave prison, it may be difficult to restart their careers. Fortunately, some officials in Pennsylvania are working to help people overcome their addictions to prescription drugs so that they will be less likely to face drug charges in the future.

Over the last few years, prescription drug abuse has increased at an alarming rate, particularly among teenagers. In fact, about 20 percent of the nation’s high school students said that they have abused these drugs. Recognizing this problem, state officials in Pennsylvania have launched a drug take-back program, which will give people the opportunity to properly dispose of any prescription drugs they may have.

The initiative in Pennsylvania is funded through a $100,000 federal grant. It is unknown whether similar drug take-back programs in other states have been successful in reducing prescription drug abuse. Although only about 18 MedReturn boxes are now available, 250 boxes will eventually be distributed throughout the state. Some of the boxes have been placed at police departments, but it is unknown if state officials have plans to place any of the other boxes in a location that may be less intimidating.

Drug crimes such as drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug distribution often come with serious consequences. For this reason, anyone who has been arrested for such a crime may want to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Source: Chambersburg Public Opinion, “Pa. launches drug take-back program,” Feb. 24, 2014

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