Valley Gears Up For Drug Take-Back Saturday

Valley Gears Up For Drug Take-Back SaturdayNORRISTOWN PA – Locations in Collegeville, Harleysville, Pennsburg, and Oaks PA will serve Saturday (Oct. 28, 2017) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as drop-off sites for prescription and other medications as part of the fall National Drug Take-Back Day program sponsored by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.

The day offers county residents, and particularly those in the Perkiomen Valley, to clean their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications and dispose of them easily in a safe, environmentally friendly way.

Ridding medicine cabinets of these medications is an important step in fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic, which often begins with prescription medicines taken from a home medicine cabinet, the DA’s office said in a media release. It also ensures sure the water supply remains safe and healthy by keeping unwanted medicines from being flushed, or disposed of through trash collections.

Participating sites include the:

  • Collegeville Police Department, 491 E. Main St., Collegeville PA;
  • Indian Valley Character Counts Coalition at Maplewood Estates, 815 Maplewood Dr., Harleysville PA, staffed by the Franconia Township Police Department;
  • Upper Perk Police Department, 88 W. Sixth St., Pennsburg PA; and
  • Upper Providence Police Department, 1286 Black Rock Rd., Oaks PA.

The sites will accept prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules, liquid medications, inhalers, creams and ointments, nasal sprays and pet medications. Not accepted are intravenous and injectable solutions, or needles. Prescription medicines can be in their original prescription bottles with the label removed, or can be placed in plastic bags.

More than 35,000 pounds of medicine has been collected since the program began in 2010. “There is a growing awareness of the need to get these medicines out of the house and safely disposed of. It also shows there are far too many medicines being prescribed,” said DA Kevin Steele.

Photo from National Take-Back Day