LIMERICK PA – Township residents have opportunities today (Saturday, April 30, 2011) in nearby Lower Pottsgrove, Phoenixville, Skippack and Oaks to rid themselves – for free – of old, outdated, unwanted, or no-longer-used prescription medications that pose both a hazard and a temptation for young family members, and which should not be simply discarded.
Law enforcement agencies in those surrounding municipalities and others are participating in the “National Take-Back Day” to collect prescription drugs, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to a 2009 federal study. Each day, about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, research conducted for the Partnership for a Drug Free America shows. Studies conclude that a portion of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets.
That makes family prescription drug abuse a national, and local, problem.
All collection sites for National Take-Back Day can be used by any member of the public, no matter where they live. Participating in today’s event are the:
- Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, 2199 Buchert Rd., Pottstown PA;
- Phoenixville Police Department at two locations, Giant Supermarket, 700 Nutt Rd., Phoenixville PA, and at borough hall, 140 Church St.;
- Upper Providence Police Department, at its offices, 1286 Black Rock Rd., Oaks PA;
- Pennsylvania State Police, at its Skippack barracks, 2047-C Bridge Rd., Skippack PA;
- Douglass Township Police Department, at Giant Supermarket, 173 Holly Road, Gilbertsville PA;
- North Coventry Police Department, at Giant Supermarket, 86 Glocker Way, Pottstown PA;
- Amity Township Police Department, at its offices, 2004 Weavertown Rd., Douglassville PA; and
- Lower Frederick Township Police Department, at its offices, 5 Spring Mount Rd., Zieglerville PA.
National Take Back Day was created last year by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide a way to dispose of unwanted or unused medications. The effort, held in September 2010, was deemed a huge success. About 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies, including that of Limerick (PA) Township, participated nationwide. Limerick police, however, are not part of today’s event.