Residents can drop off drugs
Drop-off sites set for old medicines
DOYLESTOWN Bucks County will host a prescription-drug take-back event Saturday, allowing residents to dispose of unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals and keep them from falling into the hands of potential abusers.
Studies say pill abuse has grown nationwide in recent years: One national report released this month said that prescription-drug overdoses had quadrupled since 1999, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of emergency- room visits linked to prescription-drug abuse doubled between 2004 and 2009.
Bucks County has been hosting drug drop-off
events since 2010. The last collection, in April, netted nearly 7,000 pounds of medication, according to county figures.
Officials in Delaware
County announced a pill take-back program in early October that will be available year-round.
Saturday's event in Bucks will feature 28 drop-off
sites, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-offs can be completed anonymously. A full list of locations is available at www.BucksCounty.org.
- Chris Palmer