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Bucks County Prevents Prescription Drug Abuse: Dozens of sites to participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

October 23, 2017

A Message from The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., an affiliated County Partner

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 communities across Bucks County will participate with Medication Take Back Day, a semi-annual initiative designed to help reduce prescription drug abuse. In addition, this initiative benefits and protects the environment by providing for safe disposal of potentially dangerous controlled substances from household medicine cabinets.

Medication Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper and safe destruction. More than 50 collection sites throughout Bucks County will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health concerns. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more people die from abusing prescription pain relievers than cocaine and heroin combined. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Bucks County residents are encouraged to keep medications in secure locations, to never share prescription medications and to safely dispose of all medications.

Bucks County began participating in Medication Take Back Day events in September of 2010, collecting over 44 tons of medications thus far, with over 9,891 pounds of unwanted or expired medications collected back in April, 2017. 

In Bucks County, Take-Back Day is coordinated by Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities in collaboration with the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency, Bucks County Department of Health, Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and Bucks County Detectives as well as local law enforcement. The project has the support of the Bucks County Commissioners. Several Bucks County community coalitions, youth and volunteers also participate in the initiative.

The October 28th event is free and completely anonymous. Participants should remove any personal information from drug bottles or packages. Sites will accept prescription and over-the-counter solid and liquid medications, including tablets, capsules, gel caps, cough medicine, inhalers, nasal sprays, creams, ointments and pet medications. Intravenous solutions, syringes, and illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine will not be accepted.   

To find the nearest drop-off site, visit www.buckspromise.blogspot.com. For more information, call the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. using (215) 444-2740. 

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities is a consortium of organizations, agencies and coalitions that have mobilized around a mission of strengthening our communities by striving to meet five basic promises to our youth: that they have caring adults in their lives, safe places to live, a healthy start and future, effective education and opportunities to serve and help others. For more information, visit http://buckspromise.blogspot.com or contact Donna Foisy at dsfoisy@buckscounty.org