Abington Community Library hosts Drug Take Back collection

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com
A Drug Take Back collection was held Oct. 28 at the Abington Community Library. From left, are Herman Johnson, Clarks Summit mayor; Chris Yarns, Clarks Summit Chief of Police; Eric Williams, Clarks Summit police officer; Kelly Cross, Voluntary Action Center Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist; and Pat Williams, Clarks Summit councilman. - Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Abington Community Library hosted a Drug Take Back collection Oct. 28. Members of the Clarks Summit Police Department supervised the event, which was sponsored by the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs in conjunction with the Voluntary Action Center.

Accepted items included prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, pain relievers, antacids, cold medications, laxatives, eye drops, dietary supplements, vitamins, herbal supplements, topical medications, creams/ointments and pet medications.

According to Clarks Summit police officer Eric Williams, the events have been very successful.

“One time, we got 20 or 30 pounds of drugs and we have a bag and a half already today and we’ve only been here about an hour,” Williams said. “We’d like to continue to have more events in the future because people are asking for them.”

Kelly Cross, a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist at the Voluntary Action Center of Northeast Pennsylvania, added that agency brought in 300 pounds of drugs last year.

Clarks Summit mayor Herman Johnson announced during a borough council meeting Nov. 1 that 17.5 pounds of drugs were collected during the most recent event at the library.

A Drug Take Back collection was held Oct. 28 at the Abington Community Library. From left, are Herman Johnson, Clarks Summit mayor; Chris Yarns, Clarks Summit Chief of Police; Eric Williams, Clarks Summit police officer; Kelly Cross, Voluntary Action Center Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist; and Pat Williams, Clarks Summit councilman.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-CS-Drugs.jpgA Drug Take Back collection was held Oct. 28 at the Abington Community Library. From left, are Herman Johnson, Clarks Summit mayor; Chris Yarns, Clarks Summit Chief of Police; Eric Williams, Clarks Summit police officer; Kelly Cross, Voluntary Action Center Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist; and Pat Williams, Clarks Summit councilman. Robert Tomkavage | Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

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