The Fifteenth National Take Back Day was held on April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when residents
discarded expired, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at 11 sites in
A total of 616.5 pounds of medications were collected, bringing the total collected since the first Take
Back Day in 2010 to a staggering amount of 12.443 pounds -- more than six tons.
The collection sites were at the Catasauqua, Emmaus, Fountain Hill, Macungie, South Whitehall
Township, Upper Macungie Township, and Upper Saucon Township police departments, South Mall
(Central Court), Giant supermarket on W. Emmaus Avenue in Allentown, Redner's Market on Airport
Road in Allentown, the Westgate Mall (main entrance), Pennsylvania State Police Barracks on Airport
Road in Bethlehem, and St. Luke’s University Health Network Allentown and Fountain Hill campuses.
Year-round, there are permanent collection boxes that the public can use to dispose of medications at 12
police departments in Lehigh County, Lehigh Valley Hospital -- Salisbury Township, Lehigh Valley
Hospital -- Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, and Lehigh Valley Hospital -- 17th Street in Allentown.
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,
As of March 31, 2018, a total of 18,520 pounds of medications had been collected at the police
departments and the three hospitals.
A total of 30,963 pounds of drugs -- more than 15 tons -- have been collected from the boxes and the
Take Back Days in Lehigh County.
"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 prescription drug abuse and addiction and the need
to properly dispose of over-the-counter and prescription medications," said Lehigh County District