Allentown pharmacies take back prescription drugs

October 2, 2012 by  

Medications languishing in bathroom cabinets present a problem to people across the country. On September 29, a number of Allentown pharmacies participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

During the event, people were encouraged to return unused portions of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs to area pharmacies or police departments, so that they could be disposed of properly.

While the police and pharmacies accepted both controlled and non-controlled medications, there were limits on what they took. Illegal substances were not allowed. To reduce the risk of injury, the event also did not accept syringes or sharps.

The goal of the Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to protect people. The director of the Allentown Health Bureau, Vicky Kistler, notes that if old medications sit in a medicine cabinet, it is easy for people to take the wrong drug by mistake. Returning expired and unused medications also keeps them out of the hands of curious teenagers and adults.

For future Drug Take Back Days, Allentown authorities might wish to make use of poster printing to explain the rules and procedures of the event to the public. Participating pharmacies could hang the posters in their stores so that people know exactly what types of drugs will be accepted.

The Take Back Day on September 29 lasted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Giant on 3015 W. Emmaus Avenue. The Walgreens at 1702 W. Tilghman Street also participated. It was the second event held this year. Although the number of medications collected at Saturday’s event has not yet been revealed, authorities accepted 276 tons of medications across the country back in April.