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Heroin Task Force unveils Delco Medicine Drop boxes

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can save lives. Delaware County residents now have access to secure medication drop boxes to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs that can be lethal when they fall into the wrong hands. The large, metal “Delco Medicine Drop” boxes are being installed in 10 police departments at various locations in the county through the continuing efforts of Delaware County Council, the District Attorney and the Delaware County Heroin Task Force.

The Delco Medicine Drop boxes were unveiled at the Delaware County Government Center, where a drop box is installed in the lobby near the security desk. People can safely dispose of prescription medications, particularly dangerous narcotics, and be reassured that no one will steal them out of their medicine chest, and that they will be disposed of properly without harming the water supply. The medicines can be dropped into the boxes anonymously, for free, at any time during the year at the 11 locations. 

Studies show that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances – those found in home medicine cabinets – are the supply of choice to young people and criminals. These medications are effective when used properly, but many are highly addictive and dangerous when abused. Some individuals who misuse prescription medications, particularly teenagers, believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a doctor or dentist, and dispensed by a pharmacist. Commonly abused medications include pain relievers such as Oxycontin and Percocet, barbiturates and sleep medications, codeine and morphine. The environment is also threatened by medications being flushed down toilets and discharged into the ground water supply.

Twice a year, Delaware County has participated in the national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), but residents continually ask how they can dispose of prescription drugs right away. Medicine Drop Boxes are the key to getting them out of homes and off the streets quickly and safety. This year’s national Take-Back event is Oct. 26. The Delco Medicine Drop boxes will be installed at the following police departments: Darby Township, Haverford, Marple, Pennsylvania State Police in Middletown, Radnor, Ridley Township, Springfield, Tinicum, Upper Chichester and Upper Darby. Medications in standard containers can be deposited in those containers. Loose medication can be put in plastic bags. Liquid medications should be enclosed in secure containers.