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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Senators Lisa Baker and Gene Yaw remind constituents to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on April 28 as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. For more information, click here.

Among the local locations offering this convenience on April 28 are:

  • CVS, Business Route 6 and Route 29, Tunkhannock
  • Forest City Emergency Services, 380 Railroad St., Forest City
  • Great Bend Police Department, 335 Washington St., Great Bend
  • Lech’s Pharmacy, 1 Kim Avenue, Tunkhannock
  • Rite Aid, 420 Tioga West Plaza, Tunkhannock
  • Schneider’s Market, 171 Erie Boulevard, Susquehanna Depot
  • Wright Township Police Department, 321 South Mountain Boulevard, Mountain Top

If you can not make it out to one of these boxes, remember that throughout the 20th District, prescription drug take back boxes are set up year round offering a safe, convenient disposal site for those wishing to discard their unwanted and unused pills.

Among those permanent locations are:

In Luzerne County:

  • Geisinger CareSite Pharmacy, 114 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas
  • State Police at Hazleton, 250 Dessen Dr., West Hazleton
  • Kingston Township Police Department, 180 East Center St., Shavertown
  • Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, 200 North River St., Wilkes-Barre

In Pike County:

  • State Police at Blooming Grove, 434 Route 402, Hawley
  • Lords Valley Village Pharmacy, Route 739, Lords Valley Traders Market, Lords Valley
  • Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, 10 Avenue I, Matamoras
  • Pike County Sheriff’s Office, 500 Broad St., Milford

In Susquehanna County:

  • Susquehanna County Courthouse, 105 Maple St., Montrose
  • State Police at Gibson, 2856 Route 848,  New Milford

In Wayne County:

  • State Police at Honesdale, 14 Collan Park, Honesdale
  • Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, 925 Court St., Honesdale

In Wyoming County:

  • State Police at Tunkhannock, 915 Route 6 West, Tunkhannock
  • Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock

While state police boxes are available 24/7, other locations may vary, so individuals should call to verify public access hours.

Senate Approves Bill to Aid in Preventing Pregnancy-Related Deaths

4/25/18 - Maternal Mortality Review Committee (House Bill 1869)

The State Senate unanimously approved legislation this month that would create a statewide review committee to identify and investigate pregnancy-related deaths among expectant and new mothers, a measure I strongly support.

House Bill 1869 would establish a 14-member Maternal Mortality Review Committee, made up of experts who would obtain a more accurate count of the deaths of women who die within one year of the end of a pregnancy, determine their cause and develop recommendations to prevent such deaths.

National maternal mortality rates have seen a sharp increase in the United States, and the rate has more than doubled in Pennsylvania since 1994. We need to better identify the cause of pregnancy-related deaths and recommend actions to prevent them.

Between 700 and 900 women die each year in the U.S. from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth, and the rate of life-threatening complications has soared in the past few decades, impacting more than 50,000 women annually. 

The creation of this committee will play a critical role in ensuring that pregnancy-related deaths are identified and reviewed, and in promoting initiatives to prevent these tragedies. Our goal is to consistently track and record this data so we can translate it into policy changes that can help save lives.

Currently, 32 states, including the surrounding states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and West Virginia, have maternal mortality review committees in operation or in development.

PHEAA State Grant Deadline Is May 1

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) reminds students and families that the 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions).

For more information on the state grant application, click here.

Bill Seeks To Aid Disabled Voters

Permanently disabled voters could have an easier time casting their ballot if a bill I introduced becomes law. Senate Bill 263 recently passed the Senate unanimously and was sent to the House for consideration.

Currently, with physician certification, disabled and bedridden voters are added to a permanently disabled absentee ballot list. County election bureaus then automatically mail absentee ballot applications. But individuals are required to confirm their health status every four years, which can be cumbersome for many. Because they must also notify voter registration if there is a change that would prevent them from claiming permanent disability, the verification requirement is unnecessary and should be eliminated.  

We ought to be doing whatever we can to make it easier to vote, especially for our elderly and disabled citizens. What might seem like a small inconvenience can be a huge burden for these folks. Relieving them of the additional stress and inconvenience just makes sense.

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