Berks police to collect unused, expired medications

National Take Back Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday

READING, Pa. - Officials across the country on Saturday will be working to prevent prescriptions drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

It's part of a nationwide campaign called National Take Back Day, which is led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The events allow people to properly dispose of any unneeded, unused, or expired medications.

Officials said getting rid of those medications that are no longer needed can help prevent someone from becoming addicted to opioids.

The DEA said most of the people who have misused prescription opioids in the last year got the drug from a friend or relative.

"What we know is that both prescription opioids and heroin are basically made out of the same chemical," said Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz with the Council on Chemical Abuse.

The Spring Township Police Department will participate in the National Take Back Day.

Officials will be collecting prescription drugs at the Giant Food Stores located at 2641 Shillington Road and 2104 Van Reed Road. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, most police departments in Berks County have medication drop boxes.

The Berks County district attorney's office has a list of participating departments on its website.

The DEA said since during its last event in April, it has collected 450 tons of prescription drugs nationwide.

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