Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lehigh April drug take back event nets 753 pounds

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County residents disposed of 753 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 17th National Take Back Day April 27, according to District Attorney Jim Martin.

The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 13,696.5 pounds.

In addition to the drugs discarded during the Take Back Days, 24,769 pounds of medications have been collected from 15 permanent medication collection boxes that are located in 12 police departments and three Lehigh Valley Hospital sites. The boxes were first installed in Lehigh County police departments in 2013, and other locations were added later.

Martin said in a release, “I am very pleased that Lehigh County citizens are taking advantage of National Take Back Day and the medication collection boxes to remove unwanted medications from their homes.”