--In an effort to combat prescription drug abuse, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) has coordinated efforts with the Horsham Township Police Department for the placement of a prescription drug drop box to allow people to safely discard old and unused prescription drugs.
“Unused or expired prescription drugs pose a substantial risk to our community,” Stephens said. “Prescription drug abuse and the heroin addiction that often follows it have become all too common. Eliminating these dangerous drugs from medicine cabinets is what led me to work with the Horsham Township Police to provide a safe alternative method of disposal for unwanted pharmaceuticals.”
The box, funded by CVS, is located in the lobby of the police station at 1025 Horsham Road in Horsham. The white container, which resembles a mailbox, is available around the clock. All drugs will be accepted with no questions asked.
Studies have shown residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances, which are found in our home medicine cabinets, have become the drugs of choice for young people and criminals.
“We know that a high percentage of teens get their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends,” Stephens said. “We also know that our environment is threatened when medications are flushed down toilets.”
Most controlled substances are created synthetically, and are not removed through normal water-treatment processes. This can result in the discharge of these substances into our ground water supplies.
Stephens plans to expand this program to other townships in Montgomery County.
Anyone with questions can contact Stephens’ office at 215-368-5165 or the Horsham Township Police Department at 215-643-8284.
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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