Deasy resolution would recognize October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Deasy to host medication take-back events all month

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – Citing the commonwealth’s higher than normal rates of heroin and opioid substance abuse, along with alcohol abuse among youth, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, introduced a resolution highlighting October 2018 as Substance Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania.

House Resolution 1053, coincides with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in observing National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in order to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health, and to remember those who have lost their lives while fighting substance abuse.

“Substance abuse is a disease and a real issue not only across America, but right here in the commonwealth,” Deasy said. “Prevention strategies and early intervention efforts are essential to decreasing drug use, help people lead healthier lives and reduce the negative consequences of addiction.”

Deasy said $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care, are associated with the abuse of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Each dollar invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.30.

In the hopes of curtailing drug use, Deasy is partnering with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office’s Project D.U.M.P. (Disposal of Unused/Expired Medications Properly) in presenting a series of seven medication take-back events around the district.

“In coinciding with Substance Abuse Prevention Month, I wanted to host this program in order to help prevent addiction and overdose,” Deasy said.  “We want to dispose of unused or unwanted medication safely, so that it does not get into the wrong hands.”

Project D.U.M.P. dates include:

  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Deasy’s district office, 436 S. Main St., Suite 100.

  • 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 12 at the Sheraden Senior Center, 720 Sherwood Ave.

  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 during Deasy’s free Shred Event at the Shopping Plaza on Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks.

  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Carnegie Beechview Library, 1555 Broadway Ave.

  • 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 22, at the West End Senior Center, 80 Wabash Ave.

  • 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Beechview Senior Center, 1555 Broadway Ave.

  • 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Mt. Washington Senior Center, 122 Virginia Ave.

No inhalers or liquid medications will be accepted. For more information about Project D.U.M.P. events, call Deasy’s office at (412) 928-9514.