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Spring Drug Takeback Event Set for Saturday, 4/24 at 47 Bucks County Sites

April 19, 2021


Bucks County’s semiannual collection of household medications will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 24, with 47 collection sites available for residents to drop off unwanted medications.

Anyone having unused, expired or otherwise unneeded prescription drugs is asked to bring them to one of the collection sites to help keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Vaping products and pet medications are also being accepted for safe disposal

“I’m sure everyone in the county has old medications in their cabinets … I think people keep them because they are convinced that once they throw them away, that medical problem they needed them for will come back,” said Bob Harvie, Vice Chair of the Bucks County Commissioners “If you can’t remember why you have the medicine, it’s probably time to get rid of it. The Drug Take-Back event is the perfect way to dispose of those medications safely.”

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants are asked to stay in their vehicles after driving to collection sites. Police or volunteers will direct drivers to collection boxes, where they can pull up and deposit the medications.

Bucks County remains Pennsylvania’s leading participant in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Since the collections began here in September 2010, the county has collected 152,697 pounds of unused medications, more than in any other Pennsylvania county.

More information about the collection, including a list of the drop-off locations, can be found here.

“I always thought I disposed of medications, but decided to really look in cupboards and baskets this time,” said County Commissioners’ Chair Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia. “To my surprise, I found bottles, jars with labels no longer distinguishable, and medication for pets that passed long ago. I was glad I looked, and now they are ready to drop off at one of the take-back sites.”

Saving lives by preventing addiction can begin as simply as ridding one’s home of potentially addictive medications. The drug collections not only help keep the substances away from children and others who might abuse them, but also out of the water supply, which can be tainted by improperly disposed-of pharmaceutical drugs.

According to the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, about 43 percent of Bucks County students who used prescription drugs without a doctor’s permission took them from family members. It is estimated that a majority of people who misuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or relatives.

In addition to the medication collections, three sites in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks also will be collecting sharps used to inject medication. The sites also will offer potentially life-saving kits of Narcan, a nasal spray used for emergency treatment of opioid overdose. One Narcan kit per vehicle will be distributed while supplies last.

The locations for sharps collection and Narcan distribution are the Hilltown Township Municipal Building, 13 West Creamery Road in Hilltown; the Wawa at 1937 York Road in Jamison; and the Giant Food Store at 2721 Street Road in Bensalem.

“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we reduce access to unused, unwanted, expired medications,” said Diane Rosati, executive director of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. “In Bucks County, we are committed to doing whatever we can to reduce and alleviate substance abuse. We are so please to offer no-cost Narcan, the life-saving medication, as well as safe disposal of sharps, on Saturday.”  

Media contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org