Friday, May 12, 2017

Schuylkill County Law Enforcement Collects Hundreds of Pounds of Drugs and Medicines on National Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017, Schuylkill County Law Enforcement participated in National Drug Take Back Day.

National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Police Departments setup at the following locations to collect any expired or unwanted controlled, non-controlled and over the counter medicines:  Ashland, Butler Twp. Cass Twp. Coaldale, Girardville, Frackville, Mahanoy City, Minersville, Orwigsburg, Pine Grove, Port Carbon, Saint Clair, Schuylkill County Court House Security Entrance, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah, Tremont and Tamaqua Police Departments.

According to the Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph Groody, there was a total of 28 Boxes of Drugs Collected for a total of 413 Pounds.

The following are specific statistics collected from each department:
- Ashland 3 boxes 64 pound
- Tamaqua 5 Boxes for 69.5 Pounds
- Pine Grove 3 Boxes for 38 Pound
- Orwigsburg 3 boxes for 69.5 pound
- Court House 4 boxes for 60 pound
- Butler Twp, 1 box for 12.5 pound
- Minersville 1 box for 12 pound
- Port Carbon 1` box for 6 pound
- Frackville 1 box for 5 pound
- Saint Clair 1 box for 2 pound
- Schuylkill Haven 2 boxes for 30 pound
- Tremont 1 box for 2 pound
- Shenandoah 1 box for 23.5 pound
- Coaldale 1 box for 13 pound.
- Mahanoy City, Cass Twp and Girardville did not turn in any drugs.

PSP Haven had 1 box for 6 pound

After the drugs are collected all departments report back to Schuylkill County Sheriff Joseph Groody at the Courthouse then the DEA meets with the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Deputies takes the drugs and destroys them.

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