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Drug Drop Off Boxes Could Soon Become Permanent In Pennsylvania

Prescription drug drop-off box at state police barracks in Woodstown, New Jersey. (Credit: David Madden)

Prescription drug drop-off box at state police barracks in Woodstown, New Jersey. (Credit: David Madden)

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By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day, a chance to safely get rid of those old, unused prescription drugs and medications. Those drop off boxes could soon be permanently available in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Corbett’s been busy touting his Healthy PA Plan lately, and part of that plan is to distribute funding for 250 of those drop off boxes to be set up permanently in local police departments across the state. The Governor’s Press Secretary Jay Pagni says it’s an issue of keeping those drugs out of the wrong hands.

“By having old or outdated or unused medications in your medicine cabinet, you open up the opportunity for that medication to either be misused or abused.”

Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained through a friend or family member, and many are stolen from medicine cabinets.

The drop off boxes would be free to use on a daily basis, and information regarding who’s dropping what off would be kept anonymous.

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