Pottstown Police Join Drug Take-Back Saturday

POTTSTOWN  PA – Seven area law enforcement agencies that operate within a 15-mile radius of Pottstown will participate in Saturday’s (April 25, 2015) Montgomery County-wide Drug Take-Back Day event, but for those who live within the township every day’s a take-back day.

20120422-FeaturedMedicinesCounty District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and the county Chiefs of Police are sponsoring the program, called “Off With Your Meds!,” that will operate 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.

Find local drug drop-off locations Saturday in:

  • Pottstown Borough, at the police department, 100 E. High St.;
  • Lower Pottsgrove Township, at the Sanatoga Fire House, 2222 E. High St., Sanatoga;
  • Douglass Township, at the Giant Food Store, 173 Holly Rd., Gilbertsville;
  • New Hanover Township, at the police department, 2943 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville;
  • Pennsburg Borough, at the Upper Perkiomen Police Department, 88 W. 6th St.
  • Limerick Township, at the police department, 646 W. Ridge Pike; and
  • Oaks, at the Upper Providence Police Department, 1286 Black Rock Rd.;

Twenty other police units also are part of the effort. An additional and similar take-back event is being operated on the same day and times by Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler.

Pottstown police also have set-up a secure return box at borough hall on High Street for year-round return of medications. Access to the self-service box is generally available to the public Mondays through Fridays. 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.

Other self-service boxes are located, the DA said, at the police departments in Douglass, Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, New Hanover, Upper Perkiomen, and Upper Providence townships, and at the county courthouse in Norristown.

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