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County Achieves Record-Setting Medications Collection

October 28, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Donna Foisy, dsfoisy@buckscounty.org

Bucks County collected a record amount of unneeded, unused and expired medications at its semiannual drug collection event held Saturday, Oct. 26.

Law enforcement officers collected 11,007 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at 52 public locations throughout the county during Saturday’s collection. It was the largest total since the collections began in the county in 2010, and brings Bucks County’s overall total to 137,337 pounds, more than in any other Pennsylvania county.

“I am so pleased, and not at all surprised, by our new, record-setting total,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub. “Keep up the great work, Bucks County!” 2019 Fall Drug Takeback

All medications collected are incinerated outside of Bucks County, and are overseen by law enforcement from the point of collection through incineration.

It is important to follow safe practices with all medications. This includes storing medications properly, taking medications only as prescribed, and safely disposing of both prescribed and over-the-counter medications by participating in semiannual collection events or by using a drop box located near you.

In case you missed the collection event on Saturday, you may dispose of unwanted medications freely and anonymously at one of the 41 permanent drop-off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County. 

At most locations, all medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted.

Use the link www.bcdac.org to find a collection site nearest you. For more information, contact Donna Foisy at dsfoisy@buckscounty.org .