Medication disposal has emerged as a growing concern in recent years as studies continue to find trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies across the country, and as abuse of prescription medications commonly found in homes continues to climb.
In 2015, the Northampton County District Attorney's Office launched the installation of secure medicine return boxes at local Municipal Police Departments throughout Northampton County. A listing of collection locations and medication disposal guidelines are available here.
Law enforcement officials
will turn over the collected medicines to the PA National Guard Counterdrug
Joint Task Force (PA NG Task Force) for transport and safe disposal.
Med-Return Box Locations Additional U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collection locations can be found by entering your city or zip code here.
Waste Management: Mail-Back Program
Under Pennsylvania law, Medicaid and most private health insurance will cover the cost of substance abuse treatment. Some funding is also available to cover the cost of treatment for people who don't have health insurance. Northampton County residents can contact Northampton County Drug & Alcohol, a division of Human Services, at 610-829-4725. Information about treatment is also available from the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs at www.ddap.pa.gov.