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Delco takes its Heroin Task Force on the road this summer

Media, PA -- District Attorney Katayoun Copeland and the Delaware County Heroin Task Force have taken their efforts to remove dangerous prescription drugs and combat opioid use on the road.

“Prescription drugs are often the target of theft and misuse. We know that young people are often becoming addicted to opioids by first taking a prescription drug which they get from medicine cabinets of their parents, their grandparents, or friends,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “One way to prevent addiction is to offer convenient, secure and environmentally safe drug collections to decrease the supply of unused prescription drugs in the home.”

Since the Heroin Task Force was formed in September 2012, it has become clear that addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is necessary to protect our youth. Authorities learned that young people were getting these pills from the family’s medicine cabinet, becoming addicted, and then often turning to heroin. It is important to get unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications out of home medicine cabinets and off the streets.

As part of the Delaware County Heroin Task Force’s mission to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs, abuse that can have fatal results, the Mobile Drug Collection Unit will be at various upcoming community events across Delaware County, including many upcoming National Night Out events taking place on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Locations lists on second page.

By making the mobile drug drop boxes available at community events, residents now have a convenient, safe, and anonymous way to dispose of their drugs. Organizations, businesses, and municipal leaders in Delaware County can call the Delaware County Heroin Task Force to schedule this van free of charge by calling the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division at 610-891-7869. For more information and a list of drug drop box locations near you, visit

In addition to the Mobile Drug Collection Unit, the Heroin Task Force has 40 secure, permanent Medicine Drop Boxes at nearly all of the police departments and the Government Center in Media, and various Delaware County hospitals. More than 20,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected through the program.

Additionally, the Delaware County Heroin Task Force is working in the community to connect those struggling with addiction to treatment and resources through the Delaware County Certified Recovery Specialist Program (CRS). These specialists, managed by Crozer-Keystone, are available to assist residents around the clock. The Certified Recovery Specialists have engaged and outreached to more than 1,000 people, averaging about three calls a day. Residents can reach a Certified Recovery Specialist by calling 610-497-7278.


Upcoming Mobile Drug Drop Box Collection Events

July 28, 2018, 12-3 pm
Darby Borough Community Day
821 Summit Street (Old Police Station)
Darby, PA August 27, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm Upper Darby Bywood Healthy Community Forum 7099 Locust Street, Upper Darby, PA

August 7, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm
Springfield Township National Night Out
Springfield County Club Parking Lot
400 W Sproul Road, Springfield, PA
August 7, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm
Marple Township National Night Out
Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 S. Sproul Road Springfield, PA
August 7, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm
Darby Township National Night Out
Darby Township Police Department Parking Lot.
2 Studevan Plaza, Sharon Hill, PA

August 7, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm
Upland Borough National Night Out
Bristol Lord Field
6th & Main Streets, Upland, PA

August 7, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm
Haverford Township National Night Out
Quarry Center, 116 W. Township Line Road
Havertown, PA (in front of Lowes)

August 7, 2018, 6:00-9:00 pm
Upper Darby Township National Night Out
Upper Darby High School
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Upper Darby, PA

August 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Lansdowne National Night Out
North Highland Avenue, Parking Lot
(next to the Lansdowne Fire Company)
Lansdowne, PA
September 15, 2018, 12:00-4:00 pm
Drexel Hill Awareness Day
Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Road
Drexel Hill, PA

September 18, 2018, 9:00 am-1:00 pm State Rep. Jamie Santora’s Senior Expo Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive
Drexel Hill, PA
September 29, 2018, 12:00-4:00 pm
Parkside Community Day
2 E. Forrestview Road, Parkside, PA

October 6, 2018, 10:30 am-3:00 pm
Aston Community Day
3270 Concord Road, Aston, PA

October 6, 2018, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
State Rep. Chris Quinn Shred-It Event
Penn State Brandywine
25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA

October 20, 2018, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Upper Darby Community Day
Upper Darby High School
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Upper Darby, PA

October 4, 2018, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Senior Tom Killion's Senior Expo
Penn State Brandywine
25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA

DATE: July 25, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252