Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin and Whitpain are part of forty-three locations throughout Montgomery County that will be collecting unwanted, unneeded and expired medications as part of Drug Take Back Day, organized by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County.
The Drug Take Back event runs from 10am to 2pm Saturday, April 27th.
While most locations are police departments and municipal buildings, two Wegmans and two Giant Food Stores are also participating by serving as drop-off locations. All locations are staffed by police officers.
This spring’s Take Back Day—which coincides with the DEA’s nationwide Take Back Day—is a chance for Montgomery County residents to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications and dispose of them easily in a safe, environmentally friendly way. Ridding medicine cabinets of these medications is an important step in combatting the opioid and heroin epidemic, which often begins with prescription medicines taken from a home medicine cabinet.
It is also a way to make sure our water supply remains safe and healthy by keeping unwanted medicines from being flushed into the water supply or disposed of through trash collections.
“Last fall, we collected a record 9,056 pounds of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications—an amount that even surprises me,” said District Attorney Kevin Steele. “But it means that Montgomery County residents are getting the message: make your home safer by getting rid of unneeded medicines. Collecting unwanted medications is just one way the District Attorney’s Office and the law enforcement community in Montgomery County are working together to combat drugs and decrease overdose
Locally, you can drop off unwanted meds at the locations below:
- Lower Gwynedd Township Police Department, 1130 N. Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, PA 19477
- Upper Dublin Township Police Department, 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort
Washington, PA 19034
- Whitpain Township Police Department, 960 Wentz Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422
Other participating drop-off sites are:
Abington Township Police Department, 1166 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001
Bridgeport Borough Police Department, 65 W. 4th St., Bridgeport, PA 19405
Cheltenham Township Police Department, 8230 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
Collegeville Police Department at the Municipal Building, 491 E. Main St.,
Collegeville, PA 19426
Douglass Township Police Department at the Giant Food Store, 173 Holly Rd.,
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
East Norriton Township Police Department, 2501 Stanbridge St., East Norriton,
Franconia Township Police Department at Franconia Elementary School, 366 Harleysville Pike, Souderton, PA 18964
Hatboro Police Department, 120 E. Montgomery Ave., Hatboro, PA 19040
Hatfield Township Police Department at the Administration Building, 1950 School Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440
Horsham Township Police Department at the Giant Food Store, 314 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA 19044
Jenkintown Borough Police Department, 700 Summit Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Lansdale Police Department, 35 Vine St., Lansdale, PA 19446
Limerick Township Police Department, 646 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468
Lower Merion Police Department, 71 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003
Lower Moreland Township Police Department, 640 Red Lion Rd., Huntingdon
Valley, PA 19006
Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department at Sanatoga Fire Company, 2222
E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Lower Providence Township Police Department, 100 Parklane Dr., Eagleville, PA
Marlborough Township Police Department, 6040 Upper Ridge Rd., Green Lane,
Montgomery Township Police Department at Wegmans at the Montgomeryville Mall in North Wales
Narberth Borough Police Department 100 Conway Ave., Narberth, PA 19072
New Hanover Township Police Department, 2943 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville, PA 19525
Norristown Municipal Police Department, 235 E. Airy St., Norristown, PA
North Wales Borough Police Department, 300 School St., North Wales, PA
Plymouth Township Police Department, 700 Belvoir Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Pottstown Borough Police Department, 100 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Rockledge Borough Police Department, 1 Park Ave., Rockledge, PA 19046
Royersford Borough Police Department, 300 Main St., Royersford, PA 19468
Souderton Borough Police Department, 31 West Summit St., Souderton, PA 18964
Springfield Township Police Department, 1510 Paper Mill Rd., Wyndmoor, PA 9038
Towamencin Township Police Department, 1090 Troxel Rd., Lansdale, PA
Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department, 1 Parkside Place, West Point, PA 19486
Upper Merion Township Police Department, 175 West Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
Upper Moreland Township Police Department, 117 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090
Upper Perk Police Department, 88 W. 6th St., Pennsburg, PA 18073
Upper Pottsgrove Police Department, 1420 Heather Place, Pottstown, PA 19464
Upper Providence Township Police Department at Wegmans in Providence Town Shopping Center, 600 Commerce Drive, Collegeville, PA
West Conshohocken Police Department at the West Conshohocken Borough Hall, 112 Ford St., West Conshohocken, PA 19428
West Norriton Township Police Department, 1630 W. Marshall St., Norristown, PA 19403
West Pottsgrove Township Police Department, 980 Grosstown Rd., Stowe, PA 19464
Whitemarsh Police Department, 616 E. Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hills, PA 19444
Take Back Day locations will accept prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules, inhalers, creams and ointments, nasal sprays and pet medications. Not accepted are liquid medications, intravenous and injectable solutions and needles. Prescription medicines can be in their original prescription bottles with the label removed/blacked out or can be placed in zippered plastic bags.
Since the Take Back program began in 2010, more than 60,000 pounds of medicines have been collected and safely disposed of. The last two Take Back Days have continued to set new records: On Oct. 27, more than 9,000 pounds (9,056) were collected and on April 28, 2018, nearly 8,000 pounds (7,981 pounds) were collected for a record total of 17,037 pounds in one year.
Beyond Take Back Day, unwanted medications can be dropped off and disposed of throughout the year at more than 50 permanent prescription drug disposal boxes, some of which were sponsored by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and some by Pennsylvania American Water in an effort to help keep our water supply safe.
The complete list of participating locations for the upcoming Take Back Day as well as the permanent MedReturn box locations can be found on the District Attorney’s Office website.