MVH and Carroll Twp. Police Break Drug Collection Record

(May 10, 2019 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

MVH and Carroll Twp. Police Break Drug Collection Record photo
Carroll Township Police Chief, Paul Brand and Monongahela Valley Hospital's Pharmacy Director, Peggy Brown with record-breaking 540 pounds of unused medications collected during Drug Take Back Day (photo via Southwest Medical Center Facebook - @GosaiGandhi).
Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH), in collaboration with the Carroll Township Police Department, hosts the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day every six months on the hospital campus. In a record-breaking collection, on April 27, MVH recently amassed 23 boxes, totaling 540 pounds of unused medications from the community.

"Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands," said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of MVH, "It's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see people from across the area clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in this record amount of prescription drugs at our hospital."

"The success of this event is largely in part due to Chief Paul Brand and the Carroll Township Police Department," said Margaret Brown, MVH's pharmacy director. "Without the collaboration between the police and the hospital, this event wouldn't happen. We are very fortunate to have to have a very good relationship with them."

National Drug Take Back day is a semi-annual event that is a convenient and safe way for residents to remove unused drugs from their medicine cabinets. The 17th National Drug Take Back Day resulted in 4,969 law enforcement participation, 6,258 collection sites and 468.72 tons of unused medication collected. The next event is scheduled for October.

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