NORRISTOWN PA – Local police department chiefs and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office will conduct a free drug take-back program during October that encourages the public to safely, confidentially and conveniently dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications.
Additionally, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has scheduled Oct. 17 (2015; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a special collection day in which several departments will participate.
The DA’s prescription drug disposal program began in April 2013 with 10 permanent drop-off sites, then expanded that December to 13 sites due to what Ferman described as “extraordinary public demand. The program now offers a total of 23 locations, thanks in part to financial support from the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association.
All drugs are destroyed in a legal and environmentally friendly manner, according to the DA’s website. More than 2,500 pounds of unwanted drugs have been collected to date, it added.
Costs to establish and maintain the program are shared by the DA, participating law enforcement agencies, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and public interest groups.
“We have seen time and again that addiction often begins with minors stealing powerful narcotics from their parents’ medicine cabinets,” Ferman said. “We have seen many teens turn from under-age drinking parties to ‘pharm parties’, where they collect whatever pills they can steal from home medicine cabinets and share them with their friends.”
“Once addicted, these young addicts will do anything necessary to obtain more drugs, whether purchasing pills at a very high price from drug dealers, shopping for dishonest doctors who will write fraudulent prescriptions, or even shifting their usage to less expensive street drugs such as heroin. The only way to truly make an impact in reducing this epidemic of prescription drug addiction is to focus on prevention efforts,” she added.
The current list of disposal sites and their availability includes:
- Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department, 2199 Buchert Rd., Sanatoga PA 19464 (Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and by appointment);
- Pottstown Police Department, 100 E. High St., Pottstown PA 19464, open at all times;
- Limerick Township Police Department, 646 West Ridge Pike, Limerick PA 19468 (Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.);
- Royersford Police Department, 300 Main St., Royersford PA 19468 (participating in the Oct. 17 program);
- New Hanover Township Police Department, 2943 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville PA 19525, open at all times;
- Upper Perkiomen Police Department, 88 W. 6th St., Pennsburg PA 18073 (Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.);
- Upper Providence Township Police Department, 1286 Black Rock Rd., Oaks PA 19456 (Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); and
- the County Courthouse, Swede and Airy streets, Norristown PA 19403 (Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.).
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