For its ninth year in a row, Bucks County’s Take Back Day has recovered thousands of pounds of unneeded medication from people who no longer need it. More than 50 drop off points throughout Bucks County participated in the event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect all sorts of different opioids and other meds as part of the National Take Back Day.

Each red dot represents one opioid death from July 2017 to August 2018.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office reports 757 people in the county have overdosed in the last 12 months, with most occurring in Lower Bucks, especially Bensalem and Bristol Townships.

“Today, as you know, is our medication take back day,” Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Saturday. “We do this twice a year, and today we collect a lot of old, expired, unused medication. The good news is, every bit of medication we collect can never hurt or kill anyone every again.””

Bucks County has a track record of collecting more medication than any other county in Pennsylvania, collecting 10,000 pounds of medication some years, for a total of 107,000 pounds since 2010.

“But people don’t have to wait until today or the next time. You can go to anyone of 34 police departments all across the county and drop your medication off at any time,” Weintraub said.

Anyone can participate in drug take backs, and the program is entirely anonymous. Personal information, such as labels, are also requested to be removed before disposing of them.

Acceptable items for disposal include:

  • prescription and over-the-counter tablets,
  • capsules,
  • patches,
  • nasal sprays,
  • creams,
  • vitamins,
  • and pet medications.

Most locations will also accept liquid medications, ointments and inhalers.