GREENVILLE (Sept. 15, 2017) In an ongoing effort to keep unwanted medication out of the wrong hands, Sen. Michele Brooks is pleased to announce that she and Mercer County Sheriff Gary Hartman will provide a prescription drug drop-off box at her Senior Expo on Sept. 22nd in Greenville.
Free hearing tests and a special appearance by search and rescue dogs from the American Red Cross will also be on hand.
The Expo will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 63 Conneaut Lake Road, across from the Greenville VFW.
Drop-off boxes are part of the state’s effort to curb the growing opioid and heroin epidemic. Studies reveal that as many as 80 percent of addictions began with the use of a legally prescribed opioid, leading to efforts to limit the availability of these drugs.
Anyone who has unused or unwanted prescriptions of any kind can bring them to the Expo for safe disposal.
In addition to the drop-off boxes, guests will find a wealth of information and health services at the Expo, including representatives from the Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, law enforcement, the Alzheimer’s Association, senior living communities, and more. Vision screenings, flu shots, pneumonia shots, and information on heating assistance, elder abuse, and other relevant topics will be offered as well.
Shingles vaccinations are also available, subject to your insurance co-pays. Seniors must pre-register for a shingles vaccine by calling Giant Eagle Pharmacy directly at 724-588-1381.
Refreshments, free giveaways and door prizes will also be offered.
“This Expo is always a welcome opportunity for me to meet with seniors personally and connect them with the experts and information that will allow them to lead safer, healthier and more fulfilling lives,” Sen. Brooks said. “By bringing these experts together under one roof, we can maximize the convenience for seniors and give them a chance to go to a central location for an event that is not only informative, but fun.”
The event will also feature a “Support the Troops Collection” in conjunction with Meadville Post 52. Items such as eye drops, lip balm, small packs of tissues, and beef jerky are welcome.
For additional information, please call Sen. Brooks’ district office at 724-588-8911.
Contact: Diane McNaughton