SANATOGA PA – For the fifth time in two years, Lower Pottsgrove residents will again have an opportunity to rid themselves – for free – of old, outdated, unwanted, or no-longer-used prescription medications that pose both a hazard and a temptation for young family members, and which should not be simply discarded.
The township Police Department is repeating its participation in the “National Take-Back Day” to collect prescription drugs, scheduled for Sept. 29 (2012; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanatoga Fire Company, 2222 E. High St., Sanatoga PA.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
In a similar event held nationwide during April, Police Chief Michael Foltz said, Americans turned in more than 276 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites. Lower Pottsgrove participated in it, too.
Millions of Americans, many of them age 18 and younger, have abused prescription drugs, according to federal studies. Research conducted for the Partnership for a Drug Free America shows that each day about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
Studies also conclude that a portion of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets. That makes family prescription drug abuse a national, and local, problem.
National Take Back Day was created during 2010 by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide a way to dispose of unwanted or unused medications. The first effort, held in September 2010, was deemed a huge success and gave rise to repeat drives every six months.
All collection sites for National Take-Back Day can be used by any member of the public, no matter where they live. Other area municipalities participating in the Sept. 29 event, and their collection sites and agencies, are:
- Pottstown – Giant Markets, 86 Glocker Way (North Coventry Township Police);
- Gilbertsville – Giant Markets, 173 Holly Rd. (Douglass Township Police);
- Phoenixville – Borough Hall, 140 Church St. (Phoenixville Borough Police); and
- Schwenksville – Troopers’ Skippack Barracks, 2047-C Bridge Rd. (Pennsylvania State Police).
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