Two men stand outside under a tent in back of cardboard boxes. They are wearing masks.

On Saturday October 21st Josh Mountz, Compass Mark Prevention Specialist, joined Chief Todd Breiner from the Lebanon City Police for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day.  The event is dedicated to collecting unused or expired medication to make sure that they do not get into the wrong hands.  Pennsylvania Youth Survey data states that approximately 40% of young people who misuse prescription drugs take them from a friend or family member.

Properly disposing of medication is a great way to help prevent adolescents from experimenting with substances!  After the medications were collected in boxes, they will be taken to the DEA where the boxes will be destroyed.  This year’s event was a smashing success!  The event garnered 9 full boxes of medication which weighed in at 181.3 pounds!  That’s a lot of medication that will now be disposed of properly!An outside sign on a sidewalk says, "Got Drugs?" with tablets and pills. 10 carboard boxes are stacked on a sidewalkA sign outside on a sidewalk says "Don't Be the Dealer" with images of prescription medications.