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Drug collection event this Saturday

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The 18th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 13 sites in Lehigh County.

County residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications, and liquids.

Syringes or sharps will not be accepted. Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked. After the medications are collected, DEA personnel take the drugs to an incinerator where they are burned.

The event is being coordinated by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, the

Allentown Health Bureau, area police departments, and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

D.A. Jim Martin asks county residents to take part in National Take Back Day. “All too often, potentially dangerous drugs are found in homes. These include some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the country: painkillers that contain hydrocodone, such as Vicodin and Percocet; and oxycodone, such as OxyContin. In addition to painkillers, anti-depressants, such as Lorazepam (Ativan) and Alprazolam (Xanax), and stimulant prescription drugs, such as Ritalin and Aderall, are kept in homes where they can be abused or stolen,” said Martin. “I hope Lehigh County citizens take this opportunity to rid their residences of these medications,” he added.

Since the first Take Back Day in 2010, 13,696.5 pounds of medications have been collected in the county. In addition, a total of 28,179 pounds of medications have been collected from the permanent medication collection boxes that have been installed in 12 police departments; Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township; Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets in Allentown; and Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg, in Bethlehem. In all, over 22 tons of drugs have been collected in Lehigh County thanks to these initiatives. Medications will be collected at the following Bethlehm area locations Oct. 26:

• Westgate Mall (main entrance), 2285 Schoenersville Road., Bethlehem

• Fountain Hill Police Department, 941 Long St.

• South Mall (Central Court), 3300 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township

• Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township

• Upper Saucon Township Police Department, 5500 Camp Meeting Rd.

• St. Luke’s University Health Network, Fountain Hill Campus, 801 Ostrum St.

If residents can’t dispose of their medications during the October 2019 Take Back Day, they can deposit unused drugs in the permanent collection boxes.

The locations of year-round collection boxes are:

Bethlehem Police Department, 10 East Church St., Bethlehem. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitors entering the City Hall location should advise the front desk that they are there to go to the Police Department to discard unwanted medications. A box also is located at Lehigh Valley Hospital -Muhlenberg.

Salisbury Township Police Department, 3000 S. Pike Ave., Salisbury Township. Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A box is also at Lehigh Valley Hospital, outside the pharmacy, Salisbury Township

Upper Saucon Township Police Department, 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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