Local Police Promoting Oct. 22 Drug Take-Back

POTTSTOWN PA – Police departments in Pottstown, and Douglass and New Hanover townships are joining with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the county Police Chiefs Association in promoting another drug “Take-Back Day” on Oct. 22 (Saturday) from roughly 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a variety of locations.

The drug disposal program, part of a national effort, provides a safe way for area residents to dispose of unwanted, unneeded and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Since the program began in 2010, more than 22,000 pounds of medicines have been collected and destroyed locally. During the most recent Take-Back Day in April, people from across the county rid themselves of more than 5,600 pounds of medicines.

The program intends to reduce the supply of drugs available in a home medicine cabinet for child experimentation, and to increase the safety and purity of local water resources. Drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County are growing rapidly and are predicted to increase 147 percent over 2015, promoters said.

Drugs and drug-related items accepted during the take-back include accepted medicines, prescription tablets and capsules, over-the-counter tablets and capsules, liquid medications, inhalers, creams and ointments, nasal sprays, and pet medications. Prescription medicines can be left in their original prescription bottles with the label removed or the name blacked out, or can be placed in plastic bags.

Not accepted are intravenous medicines, injectable solutions, and needles.

Unwanted medicines can be disposed of year-round at these police departments, during the stated times on the days indicated:

  • Pottstown Police Department, 100 E. High St., Pottstown PA, 24/7;
  • Douglass Township Police Department, 1320 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville PA, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. M-F; and
  • New Hanover Township Police Department, 2943 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville PA, 24/7.

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