It’s tough to know what to do with old medications. The old wisdom was to flush it down the toilet, but newer science tells us that is dangerous too. So where do your old medicines go?

The residents of Lower Providence Township now have an easy answer to this problem. A secured medicine collection box has been placed in the lobby of the Lower Providence Police Department (LPPD).

LPPD Chief Francis L. Carroll told the township’s board of supervisors on Thursday night that the collection box has been placed for use.

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“The key thing of concern with this was it was free,” said Carroll. “The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Agency on Drugs and Alcohol were all involved.”

Carroll said that Sgt. Terrance J. Kennedy spearheaded the efforts to complete all necessary paperwork and applications to obtain the free box.

“The public works installed it [Thursday] in our lobby, so it is secure,” said Carroll. “Bring your items to the lobby, place them in the drop box, and we’ll ensure they are disposed of with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).”

Carroll said that local residents can drop off medications or even pet medications to the box during the department’s regular business hours.

“We will also be collecting unused medication for surrender to the DEA on April 26,” said the chief.

The April 26 date marks the annual “National Drug Take-Back Day,” a national effort to take unused medications by the DEA for proper disposal.

“This dovetails into our work with Arcola, where we will collect from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” he said.

The lobby of the LPPD is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Acceptable items for the box include:

·      Prescription and Over-the-Counter medications

·      Liquid products and creams in their original container

·      Pet medications

·      Prescription medications do NOT need to be removed from containers

·      Any identifying information should be removed

The box cannot accept syringes or illicit substances. For assistance with those objects or for more information on the take-back programs, call the department at 610-539-5901.