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Drug Take Back on Oct. 27

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

COUNTYWIDE

The 16th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription, and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations in the county.

County residents may also dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications and liquids. Syringes and Sharps will not be accepted.

Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

Collection sites are listed below, but computer users also can visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov and click on “Got Drugs” on the left to find convenient locations.

Users can click on “search for a collection site near you” and then enter their Zip code.

DEA personnel will take the drugs to an incinerator where they are burned. Medications will be collected at the following locations:

• Wegmans, 3900 Tilghman St., Allentown. Police and the Allentown Health Bureau will collect medications; and

•South Whitehall Township Police Department, 4444 Walbert Ave., main entrance to the police department is at the back of the municipal building on the lower level. All sites are open to the public.

If residents cannot dispose of medications during the October 2018 Take Back Day, they can deposit unused drugs in the permanent year-round collection boxes:

·Slatington Police Department, 125 S. Walnut St., Slatington. Between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday;

·South Whitehall Township Police Department, 4444 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday‐to Friday excluding holidays; and

·Upper Macungie Township Police Department, 37 Grim Road, Upper Macungie. Between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday‐to Friday, excluding holidays.

This event is being coordinated by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, the Allentown Health Bureau, area police departments, Pennsylvania State Police, and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.