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Drug addiction is a serious and growing problem across the United States and in Montgomery County, and abuse of prescription drugs, especially opiates, is a large part of it. As the problem worsens, so, too, do the consequences. Drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County are growing rapidly and are predicted to increase 147 percent over 2015.
The path to addiction and overdose often begins, research shows, with a young person taking pills from a home medicine cabinet, not seeing the harm in trying the “one little pill.” To reduce the availability of those drugs and keep them out of reach for abuse, the Prescription Drug Disposal Program was started in 2010.
A joint program by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County, with financial assistance from the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and Pennsylvania American Water, the Prescription Drug Disposal Program provides a safe way for county residents to dispose of unwanted, unneeded and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition to decreases the circulating drug supply, the program also helps keep our water supply safe.
Since the program began, more than 28,000 pounds of medicines have been collected and destroyed. At the most recent Take Back Day in October—a semi-annual event when people are encouraged to drop off their unwanted meds at local police stations—nearly 6,000 pounds of medicines were collected.
Please visit the Montgomery County District Attorney's website for a list of other drop off locations and instructions.