National Take Back Day in Lebanon County

A man stands on the sidewalk beside a parked vehicle. He is putting a plastic bag full of prescription meds into a large collection box, while the vehicle's driver waits. It is downtown Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Josh Mountz from Compass Mark accepts unwanted Rx drugs via drive-by collection.

On Saturday April 22, 2023, the Lebanon City Police Department participated in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day event.  National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription substances, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of medications.

The DEA holds the event twice every year, in April and October.  Compass Mark staff Krysta Pavasco (Prevention Specialist) and Josh Mountz (Training Coordinator) joined officers from the police force to interact with members from the local community and collect a total of 56 pounds of medication!

Properly disposing of unused, unwanted, or expired medication is a great example of primary prevention!  The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) tells us that the majority of youth who report misusing prescription substances had been given them by a friend or family member (43.4%) or took them from a family member living at home (50.7%).  Anything we can do to keep medications away from people who might misuse them is a great step forward in preventing the onset of substance use disorder!

Two images of National Take Back Day in Lebanon, PA. Two adults in casual clothes stand with a police officer in front of the sign, Don't Be the Dealer. Clean them out. Keep them safe. The other image- a man puts a bag into a large, cardboard collection box while a woman assists.

Take Back Day is a partnership between Lebanon City Police, Compass Mark, and the Mayor’s Office.

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