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Countywide Prescription Drug Collection Set for This Saturday

October 25, 2018

Contact: Larry R. King, 215.348.6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

Saving lives by preventing addiction can begin as simply as ridding one’s home of unwanted or expired prescription medications. Bucks County residents are urged to do so this weekend as part of the county’s semiannual drug take-back collection.

Forty-nine locations across the county* will be available to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Fifteen public collection sites have been added for this event to supplement the 34 permanent collection boxes placed year-round at municipal police departments. 

Since September 2010, 17 countywide medication collection days have been held, netting more than 107,000 pounds of discarded prescription medications. Bucks continues to rank first among Pennsylvania counties in these efforts.

The drug collections not only keep potentially addictive substances out the hands of our children and others who might abuse them, but also out of our water supply, which can be tainted by improperly disposed of pharmaceutical drugs.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, the Bucks County Commissioners have supported the collection in conjuction with Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc., Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency, Bucks County Department of Health, Bucks County Detectives and local law enforcement.

We are all painfully aware of the human toll being visited upon our communities by the opioid epidemic. Consider these facts:

  • Overdose kills more Pennsylvanians each year than car crashes.
  • More than 50 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends and family, not doctors.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are – after marijuana and alcohol – the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older.
  • About 3 of 4 new heroin users report having abused painkillers prior to using heroin.

Remember that anyone can become addicted. In addition to safely disposing of medications, the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission urges safe storage of all household drugs and taking them only as prescribed.
Substances accepted during Saturday’s collection include pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted.

“Used as medicine, prescription medications vastly improve lives,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub. “But when they fall into the wrong hands, these powerful drugs cause only destruction.

“Bucks County has led the Commonwealth’s voluntary take-back efforts,” Weintraub said, “and will no doubt continue that tradition this weekend on National Drug Take Back Day.”

NOTE: The Middletown Township Target store location listed in the flyer below will not be an active drop-off location for this event.


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