The Twelfth National Take Back Day was held on October 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when residents discarded expired, unwanted and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at 11 sites in Lehigh County.
A total of 670 pounds of medications were collected, bringing the total collected since the first Take Back Day in 2010 to a staggering amount of 10,774 pounds -- more than five tons.
The collection sites were at the South Whitehall Township, Fountain Hill, Upper Macungie Township, Catasauqua, Emmaus and Upper Saucon Township police departments, South Mall (Central Court), Giant supermarket on W. Emmaus Avenue in Allentown, Redner's Market on Airport Road in Allentown, the Westgate Mall (main entrance), and Camp Olympic on S. Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Year-round, there are permanent collection boxes that the public can use to dispose of medications at
12 police departments in Lehigh County, Lehigh Valley Hospital -- Salisbury Township, Lehigh Valley Hospital -- Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Hospital -- 17th Street in Allentown (all near the pharmacies), and Air Products and Chemicals on Hamilton Boulevard in Upper Macungie Township.
To see the locations, days and times the boxes are available, please visit the "Of Interest" section of the District Attorney's Office main page on the Lehigh County website, www.lehighcounty.org.
As of December 31, 2016, a total of 11,468 pounds of medications had been collected at the police departments, the three hospitals and Air Products.
A total of 22,242 pounds of drugs -- more than 11 tons -- have been collected from the boxes and the Take Back Days in Lehigh County.
"it is clear that the Take Back Days and the permanent medication collection boxes in police departments have increased awareness of the serious problem of prescription drug abuse and addiction and the need to properly dispose of over-the-counter and prescription medications," said Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin.