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200 Pounds of Medication Collected in Blair Co. on Drug Take-Back Day


October 31, 2019

Rick Boston

Freedom Township Police Chief Terry Dellinger and Walmart Pharmacy Technician Cheri Ickes collected 62 pounds of unused and expired medication during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Prescription medication in the wrong hands can be deadly. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, thousands of kids accidentally ingest prescription drugs every year. Medication is the leading cause of poisoning among children, leading to the death of one child every 12 days.

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show that nearly 60,000 kids under the age of 5 accidentally swallow dangerous prescription drugs they find in their home.

Failing to properly store medication is just one way they get in the wrong hands. Keeping medication in the house after it has expired or is no longe...

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