Bucks Prescription Drug Take Back Day Set For Oct. 24

Medication collected for Drug Take Back Day in Tullytown after just 3 hours. Photo by Rick Rickman, 2019.

Bucks County is once again participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

It’s set for Saturday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 46 locations throughout the county. But like many other events this year, organizers are making adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This upcoming medication take back event will be easier to participate in than ever,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub. “Just locate the site closest to you, drive in, and drop your meds off without even getting out of your car. Don’t forget those vapes, and pet meds, too.”

In drive-thru fashion, people dropping off unwanted prescriptions should wait in line in their vehicles. Anyone dropping off a prescription bottle should remove all labels and personal information.

Since 2010, Bucks has collected 143,000 pounds of unused medications. This is more than any other county in the Commonwealth.

Disposing of unwanted prescription drugs is not merely for convenience. It is a matter of health and safety, according to the Bucks DA’s Office.

“Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol, and more than half of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives.”

Nearly every municipal police station in Lower Bucks will have a drop box. A few other locations include St. Mary Medical Center, the Bensalem GIANT, and Lower Bucks Hospital.

A full list of locations is available here.