The Ninth National Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when Lehigh County residents will join others around the country in discarding expired, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. To find a location near you where drugs will be collected, visit www.deadiverson.usdoj.gov.
During the last event in April 2014, a total of 766 pounds of medications were collected in the county, bringing the amount collected since the first Take Back Day in 2010 to 7,600 pounds for Lehigh County.
Collection sites were held at police departments, grocery stores, pharmacies and malls.
In addition, 12 police departments in Lehigh County have permanent medication collection boxes that are available throughout the year. To see the locations, dates and times the boxes are available, please visit the "Of Interest" section of the District Attorney's Office main page on the Lehigh County website, www.lehighcounty.org. During the first quarter of 2014, about 303.5 pounds of medications were collected at the police departments.
"it is clear that the Take Back Days and the permanent medication collection boxes in police departments have increased awareness of the serious problem of perscription drug abuse and addiction and the need to properly dispose of over-the-counter and prescription medications," said Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin.