Shillington Police Department installs pharmaceutical drop box

Submitted photo The new medication drop-box at Shillington Police Department.
Submitted photo The new medication drop-box at Shillington Police Department.

The Shillington Police Department is now equipped to accept expired pharmaceutical medications with the installation of a drop box.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, the Bally, Shillington, West Reading and Wyomissing Police Departments joined the Berks County District Attorney’s Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program. Of the Berks County Police Departments, there are 17 already participating in the program. Among those, Amity Police Department, 2004 Weavertown Road, Douglassville; Birdsboro Police Department, 200 East Main Street, Birdsboro; Brecknock Police Department, 889 Alleghenyville Road, Mohnton; Central Berks Regional P.D., 2147 Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn; Exeter Twp. Police Department, 4975 DeMoss Rd., Exeter Twp., and Reading Police Department, 815 Washington Street, Reading, participate.

The pharmaceutical/medication drop box is available for residents to dispose their unwanted and expired medications, which are then incinerated.

The drop box is availbale for use during normal township hours.

Joined by Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl, District Attorney John T. Adams made the official announcement and the presentment of a pharmaceutical drop box at the Wyomissing Police Department, 22 Reading Boulevard, Wyomissing, Feb. 27.

This program was developed as a cooperative effort between the District Attorney’s Office, the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), and Berks County Solid Waste Authority.

The Berks County Solid Waste Authority, in conjunction with the Berks County District Attorney’s Detectives, holds pharmaceutical collections twice a year. During these scheduled collections, unwanted and expired medications both prescription and over the counter medicines are collected for incineration.

Through this program, the initiative it to benefit the community through education about dangers of unwanted or improperly discarded medications, and to connect positivity as a community. By putting expired or unwanted medications in the drop box, residents are decreasing the contamination of the water, and keeping children safe from harmful ingestions.

According to a press release, a total of 3,364 pounds of pharmaceuticals were collected from Berks County in 2013:

(Weight in Pounds)

Amity Township 206.5

Bern Township 68.0

Birdsboro 62.5

Brecknock Township 41.0

Caernarvon Township 146.0

Central Berks Regional 54.5

Berks County Detectives 154.0

Exeter Township 681.5

Fleetwood 190.5

Kutztown 129.5

Muhlenberg 490.0

Sinking Spring 159.0

Spring Township 466.0

Western Berks Regional 128.5

Reading 58.5

Tulpehocken 25.5

Penn State Berks University 52.5

Berks County Coroner 250.0

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Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.