Hogan announces new prescription drug drop off boxes

10 locations around Chester County make it easier dispose of unwanted prescriptions

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Various county officials inspect the medication drop box located in the Sheriff’s Office at the Chester County Justice Center, including (from left to right): Cathy Dugan from Kacie’s Cause, Lt. Kevin Dykes of the Chester County Detectives, Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh, District Attorney Tom Hogan, State Representative Becky Corbin, and Luis Tovar from Kacie’s Cause.

Chester County residents will now have 10 permanent locations all around the county to dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs, county District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday.

The installation of medication collection boxes — which resemble mail boxes — allows for the easy, safe and secure dropoff of these medicines, keeping them out of the hands of would-be abusers or out of landfills and potentially, the water supply.

“These boxes are a Christmas gift to Chester County from law enforcement,” Hogan said in a statement. “Citizens can safely dispose of prescription drugs, keeping drugs out of the hands of our children and out of our water. Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in America. Chester County law enforcement IS committed to reducing drug abuse and keeping our environment safe.”

State Representative Becky Corbin (R-155) expressed her strong support of this program, and was on hand for the program’s announcement.

“Law enforcement across Chester County supports the medication collection program,” Corbin said. “This is the type of proactive program the community needs to help prevent addiction so that more lives are not destroyed by drug abuse.”

Local law enforcement officials welcomed the move as a step forward to fight drug abuse.

“Prescription drug abuse is rampant among young adults in Pennsylvania,” Parkesburg Borough Police Chief Brian Sheller, who is also the President of the Chester County Police Chiefs Association, said. “And too often, prescription drugs are a gateway to using illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.”

According to Hogan, local residents can easily, conveniently and anonymously dispose of their medications in the boxes, which are designed like mailboxes.

The new boxes — and their availability, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, as opposed to specified drop-off days — encourages people to remove expired or unwanted medication from their homes, he noted. Further, he said, removing such medication reduces access to addictive drugs for accidental or intentional misuse by individuals, especially children. The medication disposal boxes also offer an environmentally safe, accessible, and convenient method of disposing of medication instead of placing dangerous drugs in the trash or sewer systems.

Not surprisingly, groups publicly battling drug abuse in the county applauded the move, including Kacie’s Cause — an organization dedicated to stopping heroin abuse among young people. The group was founded by Kennett Square resident Andy Rumford, whose daughter Kacie died from a heroin overdose in 2012.

Hogan said the new drop-off boxes are key in the shifting battle against drug abuse.

“The front line in the war on drugs has shifted from the dangerous street comers in the rough part of town to the medicine cabinet in your home,” he said. “More people die every year in the United States from prescription drug abuse than from illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin. Safely disposing of dangerous medications will save lives. These medication collection boxes are part of the District Attorney’s comprehensive effort to attack drug issues, including locking up dealers, treating addicts through Drug Court, and supporting Good Samaritan legislation to protect people who report overdoses.”

The medication collection boxes were obtained by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office through a grant from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The program will be administered by the police departments where the boxes are located and supervised by the Chester County Detectives.

The boxes are at the following locations:

1. Chester County Justice Center

Sheriff s Department

201 West Market Street, Suite 1201

West Chester, PA 19380

 

2. East Brandywine Township Police Department

1212 Horseshoe Pike

Downingtown, PA 19335

 

3. Kennett Square Borough Police Department

115 N. Broad Street

Kennett Square, P A 19348

 

4. New Garden Township Police Department

8934 Gap Newport Pike

Landenberg, PA 19350

 

5. North Coventry Township Police Department

845 South Hanover Street

Pottstown, P A 19464

 

6. Parkesburg Borough Police Department

315 W. First Avenue, Building 2

Parkesburg, PA 19365

 

7. Phoenixville Borough Police Department

351 Bridge Street

Phoenixville, P A 19460

 

8. West Goshen Township Police Department

1025 Paoli Pike

West Chester, P A 19382

 

9. West Whiteland Township Police Department

101 Commerce Drive

Exton, PA 19341

 

10. Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department

1041 Wilmington Pike

West Chester, PA 19382

 

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