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State College PD Collects Unused Pills

Red pill or blue pill?

Red pill or blue pill?Rush Limbaugh isn’t the only one who wants your unused pills. On Saturday, the State College Police Department held an event that offered residents of State College a chance to safely  dispose of their unused prescription pills.

Residents were able to hand over their pills anonymously at a box in the police department. This event was part of a nation-wide effort that took place this weekend, coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The goal of the program was to raise awareness of the risks involved in holding on to old pills.

With prescription abuse levels on the rise, many addicts obtain pills from family and friends’ medicine cabinets. There has also been concern recently over flushing pills down toilets or sinks. There have been speculations and reports of the chemicals being dissolved into wastewater.

Despite the counterintuitive logic of giving away something that costs way too much, the police department claims the event was a success. Next goal on the State College PD’s to-do list? Hold an event for college students to return unused alcohol. Do you really need that bottle of Jack sitting in your medicine cabinet? What are you going to do, brush your teeth with it?

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Noah Simmons

Noah is an International Politics major minoring in French. Noah participates in the Mock Trial team, the Sailing Team, and is the president/founder of the Odyssey of the Mind club. Besides pushing the limit of what is journalistically acceptable, Noah enjoys long walks on the beach and football. In a previous lifetime he was William Wallace


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