The Ninth National Take Back Day was held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when Lehigh County residents joined others around the country in discarding expired, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Residents diposed of 545 pounds of medications at 16 sites in Lehigh County that included police departments, pharmacies, grocery stores and malls. Since the first Take Back Day in 2010, 8,145 pounds of medications have been collected in the county.
In addition, 12 police departments in Lehigh County have permanent medication collection boxes that are available throughout the year. To see the locations, days 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. As of September 2014, 1,230 pounds of medications have been 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.
In October 2014, another MedReturn box was installed in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, near the pharmacy.