The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Fred's Pharmacy are partnering for The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
"Prescription drug abuse is a contributing factor to the heroin and opioid epidemic that is gripping Pennsylvania and the nation, and too many people with prescription drug addictions obtain these medicines from family and friends' medicine cabinets", said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith.
The Bellingham Police Department is the local site for a national effort Saturday. The collection centers will only accept pills or patches.
The event is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Health and Social Services and Leitzinger says they try to make it convenient. "The NTBI, now in its 7th year, has collected tens of tons of drugs from the medicine cabinets of those around the country, preventing those would use them for un-prescribed use or distribution to others".
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which is unsafe and can lead to tragedy.
NPDTBD was initiated in 2010 under the direction of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and according to DOJ, more than 6.3 million pounds of purposeless and expired prescriptions have been received. "Prescription drugs are especially susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse".
"Flushing them down the toilet poses potential health concerns". Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.