Over 3,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected last year through a program designed for community members to safely dispose of the drugs.
The 3,747 pounds of prescription drugs were collected through the Chester County drug drop box program, which places secure drop boxes in police stations so that citizens can anonymously place the medications there.
“The Chester County drug drop box program has been a tremendous success,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement. “We have safely taken almost two tons of prescription drugs out of circulation. Those are drugs that will never cause a child to overdose or become addicted to opiates.”
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The program initially started through a grant from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, and then more boxes were added later through funding from Pennsylvania American Water.
“Chester County isn’t immune to the opiate drug addiction crisis,” Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline said. “And while education, treatment, and recovery services are very important, so too are programs such as this, that actually take prescription drugs out of circulation.”
The drop boxes can be found at the following locations:
Caln Township Police Department
City of Coatesville Police Department
East Brandywine Township Police Department
Kennett Square Borough Police Department
New Garden Township Police Department
North Coventry Township Police Department
Oxford Borough Police Department
Parkesburg Borough Police Department
Phoenixville Borough Police Department
Sherrif’s Office (Chester County Justice Center)
Tredyffrin Township Police Department
Valley Township Police Department
Upper Uwchlan Township Police Department
West Brandywine Township Police Department
West Caln Township Police Department
West Goshen Township Police Department
West Vincent Township Police Department
West Whiteland Township Police Department
Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department