Medication Drop Box Program
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, District Attorney John T. Adams announced the launching of the Berks County Pharmaceutical Drop Box Inititiative Program. This program was developed as a cooperative effort between the District Attorney's Office, the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), and the Berks County Solid Waste Authority.
Currently, the Berks County Solid Waste Authority, in conjuction 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.
The 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 will be 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 participating in the program:
- Amity Twp. Police Department - 2004 Weavertown Road, Douglassville
- Bally Police Department - 425 Chestnut Street, Bally
- Bern Twp. Police Department - 1069 Old Bernville Road, Bern Twp.
- Birdsboro Police Department - 200 East Main Street, Birdsboro
- Brecknock Twp. 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 - Berks County AG Center, 1238 Welfare Road, Leesport
- Berks County Coroner's Office - 1047 MacArthur Road, Suite 200, Reading
- Exeter Twp. Police Department - 4975 DeMoss Road, Exeter
- Fleetwood Police Department - 110 West Arch Street, Fleetwood
- Kutztown Police Department - 45 Railroad Street, Kutztown
- Muhlenberg Twp. Police Department - 5401 Leesport Avenue, Muhlenberg
- Penn State University Berks Campus - Perkins Student Center
- Reading Police Department - 815 Washington Street, Reading
- Shillington Police Department - 2 W. Lancaster Avenue, Shillington
- Sinking Spring Police Department - 3940 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring
- Spring Twp. Police Department - 2800 Shillington Road, Sinking Spring
- Tulpehocken Twp. Police Department - 22 Rehrersburg Road, Rehrersburg
- West Reading Police Department - 500 Chestnut Street, West Reading
- Western Berks Regional Police Department - 100 N. Reber Street, Wernersville
- Wyomissing Police Department - 22 Reading Boulevard, Wyomissing
Also, the Berks County Coroner's Office, 1047 MacArthur Road, Bern Township, participates in the program.