The National Take Back Initiative will take place on Saturday 27 April 2013. This an opportunity to turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. The event will be held at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The collection point will be inside the main entrance by the information desk. This event will be staffed by Bethlehem Police Crime Prevention Officer Tom DeFrank and was coordinated by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.