Four Additional Police Departments Join the District Attorney's Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program
On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Bally, Shillington, West Reading and Wyomissing Police Departments will join the Berks County District Attorney's Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program. These four departments join seventeen other Berks County Police Departments participating in this successful program.
On Thursday, February 27, 2014, District Attorney John T. Adams made the official announcement and the presentment of a pharmaceutical drop box at the Wyomissing Police Department, 22 Reading Boulevard, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. The District Attorney was joined by Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl at the event. After the presentment, the other boxes were delivered by Berks County Detectives to the other three departments.
On March 7, 2013, Berks County District Attorney, John T. Adams, announced the launching of Berks County District Attorney's Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program in Berks County at the Berks County Agricultural Center. This program was developed as a cooperative effort between the District Attorney's Office, the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), and Berks County Solid Waste Authority.
Currently, the Berks County Solid Waste Authority, in conjunction with the Berks County District Attorney's Detectives, offers pharmaceutical collection twice a year. During these scheduled collections, unwanted and expired medications both prescription and over the counter medicines are collected for incineration. Medications are collected in many forms including: tablet, liquid, ointment, inhaler, powder or patch.
This pharmaceutical/medication drop box disposal program will allow Berks County residents to discard unused or unwanted medication year round at secure locations.
The initiation of this program provides numerous benefits to the community. These benefits include:
- An opportunity to educate the community about the dangers these medications pose, if left unwanted in homes or improperly discarded.
- A positive connection between Berks County citizens, the township police departments, the District Attorney's Office, the Council on Chemical Abuse and Berks County Solid Waste Authority.
- A decrease of water contamination due to pharmaceutical medications being flushed down the drains in our homes, or contained in our landfills.
- A reduction of access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse by children or others in the home.
Each drop box is securely placed and locked within a township municipal police building where it can be protected. These drop boxes resemble a United States Postal Service mailbox, whereas there is an open door to collect medications, but once dropped they cannot be retrieved. Each box will also have a separate locked entry for District Attorney Detectives to retrieve the discarded medications. Inventoried medications will be incinerated at the discretion of the District Attorney's Detectives and Solid Waste Authority.
The following is a list of the police departments and locations that are currently participating in the program:
- Amity Twp. Police Department, 2004 Weavertown Road, Douglassville
- Bern Twp. Police Department, 1069 Old Bernville Road, Bern Twp.
- Birdsboro Police Department, 200 East Main Street, Birdsboro
- Brecknock Police Department, 889 Alleghenyville Road, Mohnton
- Caernarvon Twp. Police Department, 3307 Main Street, Morgantown
- Central Berks Regional Police Department, 2147 Perkiomen Avenue, Mt. Penn
- Berks County Detectives, Agricultural Center, 1238 Welfare Road, Leesport
- Exeter Twp. Police Department, 4975 DeMoss Road, Exeter Twp.
- Fleetwood Police Department, 110 West Arch Street, Fleetwood
- Kutztown Police Department, 45 Railroad Street, Kutztown
- Muhlenberg Twp. Police Department, 5401 Leesport Avenue, Muhlenberg Twp.
- Sinking Spring Police Department, 3940 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring
- Spring Twp. Police Department, 2800 Shillington Road, Sinking Spring
- Western Berks Regional Police Department, 100 N. Reber Street, Wernersville
- Reading Police Department, 815 Washington Street, Reading
- Tulpehocken Police Department, 22 Rehrersberg Road, Rehrersberg
- Penn State Berks Police Department, Berks County, PA
Also, the Berks County Coroner's Office, 1047 MacArthur Road, Bern Township, participates in the program.
In 2013, a total of 3,364 pounds of pharmaceuticals were collected from the above listed drop boxes. The individual departments and weights collected are as follows:
- Amity Township 206.5
- Bern Township 68.0
- Birdsboro 62.5
- Brecknock Township 41.0
- Caernarvon Township 146.0
- Central Berks Regional 54.5
- Berks County Detectives 154.0
- Exeter Township 681.5
- Fleetwood 190.5
- Kutztown 129.5
- Muhlenberg 490.0
- Sinking Spring 159.0
- Spring Township 466.0
- Western Berks Regional 128.5
- Reading 58.5
- Tulpehocken 25.5
- Penn State Berks University 52.5
- Berks County Coroner 250.0