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Prescription Drug Drop-off

DRUG DROP-OFF BOX IS CURRENTLY FULL AND WILL BE EMPTIED APRIL 22 ALONG WITH NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKEBACK DAY.

 Cheltenham Township residents are encouraged to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION at the Police Department’s “MedReturn Drug Collection” site. The collection box, which is located in the lobby of the police station, is a safe and secure location to deposit medication. Medication can be deposited from 6 AM – Midnight, seven days a week.

Years ago, doctors advised people to flush unneeded medications down the toilet. However, experts now agree that medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters and contaminating our food and water supplies. Because wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove medicines, these chemicals may be discharged to rivers and bays. Even at very low levels, medicines in the environment hurt aquatic life.

Throwing them out with the trash is also dangerous. Drugs are still chemically active in the trash, even if mixed with kitty litter or coffee grounds. Several studies have shown that medicines in a landfill can be released into the local environment.

Please only dispose of unwanted medication through the Police Department's collection box.

The Police Department also participates in National Prescription Drug Take-back Day twice per year, generally April and October.  On these, days, our Drug Task Force will accept any amount of unwanted/unused medications, and take them, along with the contents of the lobby bin, to the County.

 
 
 
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