SANATOGA PA – Nine local law enforcement agencies that operate within a 13-mile radius of Sanatoga will participate in Saturday’s (April 26, 2014) semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event, but for those who live in Lower Pottsgrove Township every day’s a take-back day.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control is again sponsoring the program that operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Unwanted and unused medications have proven to be a source of illegal drug sales, misuse and abuse, and getting them out of storage in medicine cabinets and closets is intended to protect both the public and the environment.
Lower Pottsgrove’s Police Department was among local agencies participating in the first Take-Back Day event held in September 2010. It was so satisfied with the results that it later set-up a secure medication return box in the lobby of its offices in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd.
Access to the self-service box is generally available to the public Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to the township website. “Anyone can come into the station and drop unused medications into the secure container without being questioned,” its reports; “no id is required, and no official police reports are done.”
Area residents unable to drop off unused medications during regular hours can arrange to meet a police officer at the department for an appointment, and the officer will then provide access to the disposal box.
Those making drop-offs are asked to exclude, and separately but properly dispose of any syringes, sharps or liquid medications. Additional instructions are posted on the box. All collected medications are periodically turned over by the department to the DEA for proper disposal.
If it’s convenient or easier to join in the Saturday event, here’s where to find other drop-off locations:
- In Limerick, at the Limerick Township Police Department, 646 W. Ridge Pike;
- In Gilbertsville, at the Giant Food Store, 173 Holly Rd., manned by Douglass Township police; and at the New Hanover Township Police Department, 2943 N. Charlotte St.;
- In North Coventry, at the Giant Food Store, 86 Glocker Way, manned by North Coventry police;
- In Schwenksville, at the Pennsylvania State Police Troop K Barracks, 2047C Bridge Rd.;
- In Phoenixville, at borough hall, 351 Bridge St., manned by Phoenixville police;
- In Oaks, at the Upper Providence Township Police Department 1286 Black Rock Rd.;
- In Pennsburg, at the Upper Perkiomen Police District office, 88 W. 6th St.; and
- In Green Lane, at the Marlborough Township Police Department, 6040 Upper Ridge Rd.
Graphic from the Drug Enforcement Administration