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State aims to prevent overdoses through new program

January 14, 2014
by Rob Tomkavage
Times Leader (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis announced Monday, Jan. 13 at the Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton that Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania drug take-back initiative will fund up to 250 secure MedReturn boxes throughout the state, providing a safe place to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs.

The initiative is a partnership between the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA), the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

PCCD received a federal grant of $100,000 for the boxes. Local district attorney offices throughout the state can apply for a portion of the funding by providing a plan for the installation of the MedReturn boxes and disposal of the medications. The grants are made possible through through the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

 

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