Lehigh County residents disposed of 689.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 14th National Take Back Day Oct. 28.
The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 11,826.5 pounds.
In addition to the drugs discarded during the Take Back Days, 15,865 pounds of medications have been collected from 16 permanent medication collection boxes that are located in 12 police departments, three Lehigh Valley Hospital sites and Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 1702 Tilghman St., Allentown. The boxes were first installed in Lehigh County police departments in 2013, and other locations were added later.
District Attorney Jim Martin said, “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. I am very pleased to see Lehigh County citizens taking advantage of these initiatives to remove unwanted medications from their homes.
“Since 2010, over 13 tons of these medications have been collected. That is over 13 tons of medications that were safely disposed of, not abused, nor related to any criminal activity,” Martin said.