Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 24

Like everything else this year that’s been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is going to have a different look, but Bucks County residents will still be able to drop off their unwanted or expired medications and help prevent drug abuse and save lives.

At 46 locations throughout the county on Oct. 24, Bucks County residents will be able to drive up and drop off prescription medications, vaping products, over-the-counter medication and pet medication into collection bins for safe disposal.

The collection sites will be available to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 24. A majority are permanent collection boxes available year-round, mostly at municipal police departments. The rest are temporary for this and subsequent collections.

At this year’s event, participants are asked to stay in their vehicle and maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and other vehicles in line. Before dropping off the unneeded medicine, remember to remove any personal information from bottles.

Since it began in 2010, Bucks County has been the state’s foremost participant in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an effort to rid homes of unneeded drugs, preventing drug addiction and overdose deaths if they fall into the wrong hands.

In the last decade, Bucks County has collected 146,613 pounds of unused medications – more than any other Pennsylvania county. In just the past year alone, the collection site at the Northampton Township Police Department collected 1,151 pounds of medication!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol, and more than half of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives.

By simply ridding a home of these unneeded and addictive medications, Bucks County residents can help save lives.

“This upcoming medication take back event will be easier to participate in than ever,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “Just locate the site closest to you, drive in, and drop your meds off without even getting out of your car. Don’t forget those vapes, and pet meds, too.

“Bucks County is number one. Let’s show the rest of the state how it’s done!”

Contact: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298, mgamiz@buckscounty.org