Catasauqua Press

Thursday, April 19, 2018

County’s Take Back Day nets 360-plus pounds of medications

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh County residents disposed of 363.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 13th National Take Back Day April 29.

The total amount of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 11,137.5 pounds.

In addition to the drugs discarded during the Take Back Days, 12,874 pounds of medications have been collected from 16 permanent medication collection boxes located in 12 police departments, three Lehigh Valley Hospital sites and Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 1702 Tilghman St. in Allentown. The boxes were first installed in Lehigh County police departments in 2013, and other locations later were added.

“As you will have noticed, the amounts collected this spring were significantly lower than recent prior numbers. It may be that the success of the permanent collection boxes has impacted the amount collected on National Take Back Day,” said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin. “However, I view that as a positive development. Citizens are both aware of the boxes and using them regularly.

“National Take Back Days and the collection boxes are effective tools in combating prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and related crimes and issues,” he added.

Below are the totals for the 11 sites in Lehigh County for the April 29 Take Back Day:

• Giant Food Store, 3015 W. Emaus Ave., Allentown — 84.5 pounds

• Redner’s Warehouse Market, 1201 Airport Road, Allentown — 41 pounds

• Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem — 20 pounds

• Catasauqua Police Department, 118 Bridge St. — 30 pounds

• Emmaus Police Department, 400 Jubilee St. — 25.5 pounds

• Fountain Hill Police Department, 941 Long St. — 7 pounds

• Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Camp Olympic, 3120 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. — 9 pounds

• South Mall, 3300 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township — 23 pounds

• South Whitehall Township Police Department, 4444 Walbert Ave. — 65 pounds

• Upper Macungie Township Police Department, 37 Grim Road — 49 pounds

• Upper Saucon Township Police Department, 5500 Camp Meeting Road — 9.5 pounds