2013-05-09 / Local & State

F.C. Medical Center Holds Successful Drug Take Back


PA State Trooper Falkosky and Elizabeth Gotwals of Fulton Behavioral Health Services P.C., helped collect more than 50 pounds of prescription medication for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day at FCMC on Saturday April 27,2013. PA State Trooper Falkosky and Elizabeth Gotwals of Fulton Behavioral Health Services P.C., helped collect more than 50 pounds of prescription medication for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day at FCMC on Saturday April 27,2013. Pennsylvania State Police and Fulton County Medical Center teamed up for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day held on Saturday, April 27. The event successfully collected more than 50 pounds of prescription medications.

According to Mc- Connellsburg barracks commander, Sgt. Kerby L. Young, last year’s event only took in two pounds.

“FCMC is very pleased with the turnout, said Director of Community Relations and Benefit Misty Hershey. FCMC is here to work with the community to strengthen the programs already in place. To get these prescription drugs off the streets is a good thing. In our small community we don’t think that having left over prescription medications in our homes is unsafe, but unfortunately, it is. Everyone who has leftover prescriptions in their homes can fall prey to those who abuse drugs. Every week it seems there are breakins or reports of the stealing of prescription medications in the news. However, the most overlooked problem may come from youngsters using the drugs at school to trade and sell.”

For anyone who missed Drug Take Back Day, FCMC will be hosting another one at the June 3 health fair on the FCMC campus from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Gotwals of Fulton Behavioral Health Services P.C.; Thomas Johnston, pharmacist from R.T. Henry Pharmacy in Shippensburg; and Trooper Falkosky coordinated the day and provided coverage for the collection. The local pharmacies also got the word out regarding Drug Take Back day.

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