Delco sponsors prescription drug take-back

MEDIA, Pa. - September 14, 2010 The initiative will provide members of the community with the opportunity to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

Local police will collect the drugs at pre-determined sites countywide from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010. This service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

The participating sites in Delaware County include:

Brookhaven- Brookhaven Municipal Center, 2 Cambridge Rd., Suite 100, Brookhaven, PA

Eddystone- Lighthouse Hall Community Center, 1401 East 9th St., Eddystone, PA

Glenolden- Glenolden Borough Building/Police Dept 36/38 Boon Ave.Glenolden, PA

Media (two locations)
Media Police Dept, 301 N. Jackson Street, Media, PA and Pennsylvania State Police Barracks, 1432 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA

Radnor (two locations)
Radnor Township Municipal Building, 301 Ivens Avenue, Wayne, PA and Wayne Senior Center, 108 Station Road, Wayne, PA

Ridley Park- Ridley Park Borough Police Dept. 230 West Chester Place, Ridley Park, PA

Sharon Hill- Sharon Hill Borough Hall, 250 Sharon Avenue, Sharon Hill, PA

Springfield- Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road, Springfield, PA

Tinicum- Tinicum Township Police Dept, 629 North Governor Printz Blvd, Essington, PA

Upper Chichester -Upper Chichester Twp Police Dept, 8400 Furey Road, Boothwyn, PA

Upper Darby- Upper Darby High School, 601 Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA

Upland-Upland Police Dept. 222 Castle Avenue, Upland PA

According to the D.E.A., the nationwide initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. John J. Bryfonski, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division of the DEA noted, "Prescription drug abuse in the United States is the fastest growing public health threat facing the nation today.

The 2008, National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates there are 6.2 million current non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs in the United States, more that the number abusing cocaine, heroin and hallucinogens combined. Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes are a potential source of supply that fuels this abuse, which constitutes an unacceptable risk to public health and safety."

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