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Take back drug day set for Oct. 26

Published On: Oct 14 2013 11:22:59 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 14 2013 11:24:04 AM EDT

If you have unwanted pills in your house, there's a way to safely dispose of them.

The seventh National Take Back Drug Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 26 at several locations around the area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's a way to get rid of expired, unused and unwanted medications, liquid products, creams in containers and pet medications.


The service is free and no questions will be asked.

Syringes with needles and other sharps will not be accepted.

Collections will be taken at 17 locations in Lehigh County:

Alburtis Police Department, 260 Franklin St.
Giant Supermarket, 3015 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown
Catasauqua Police Department, 118 Bridge St.
Walgreens Pharmacy, 1702 Tilghman St., Allentown
Macungie Police Department, 21 Locust St.
Whitehall Township Police Department, 3731 Lehigh St.
Giant supermarket (store pharmacy), 216 E. Fairmont St., Route 9, Coopersburg
South Mall (central court), 3300 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township
Target, 912 Airport Center Road, Airport Shopping Plaza, Hanover Township
Emmaus Police Department, 400 Jubilee St.
Upper Saucon Township Police Department, 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley
Fountain Hill Police Department, 941 Long St.
Upper Macungie Township Police Department, 37 Grim Road
Slatington Police Department, 125 S. Walnut St.
South Whitehall Township Police Department, 4444 Walbert Ave., back of Municipal Building, lower level
Lower Milford Township Police Department, 7607 Chestnut Hill Church Road, Coopersburg

In Northampton County:

Bath Drug, 310 S. Walnut St., Bath                                                                Lower Saucon Twp. Police Department, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem
Giant Foods, 859 Nazareth Pike, Nazareth
Giant Foods, 801 S. 25TH St, Palmer Twp.
Tatamy Borough Police Department, Tatamy Municipal Building, 423 Broad St., Tatamy
Lehigh Twp. Police Dept., Lehigh Twp. Fire Co., 4188 Lehigh Dr., Cherryville
Wegmans, 5000 Wegmans Dr.. Bethlehem
Giant Foods, 301 Town Center Blvd., Forks Twp.
Bangor Police Dept., 30 N. First St., Bangor
Giant Foods, 3926 Nazareth Pike,  Bethlehem                                             Youngs Pharmacy, 3708 Freemansburg Ave., Bethlehem
Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem

The event, which was started in 2010, was coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including those found in the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, citizens are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

To find a location near you, click on the DEA website.