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6 May 2016

Sheriff’s office participates in drug enforcement agency prescription drug take back program

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May 6, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  From Left: DEA Special Agent Kenneth Kuzma, Jasmine Sadat of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office and Deputy Sheriff Barry Johnson at Point Breeze Pharmacy.

The Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia City and County recently worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to take back unused prescription drugs for disposal.

Disposal boxes were set up at the Point Breeze Pharmacy at 1407 Point Breeze Avenue, and the Tacony Pharmacy at 7100 Torresdale Avenue on Saturday and secured by sheriff’s deputies.

“This is a program we enthusiastically support,” Sheriff Jewell Williams said, “because it’s both unsafe and too easy to fall into the hands of those who would profit from its sale on the streets to have unused prescription drugs in the home, especially those proven to be addictive”.

“The numbers are shocking—approximately 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids. With four out of five new heroin users starting with prescription medications, I know our take-back program makes a real difference.”

For more information contact Airika Walker or Harriet Lessey at 215-686-3572.

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