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Officials: 8,000 lbs of prescription drugs collected in 2016

Paoli Hospital February 14, 2017 In the News

With the recent installation of our prescription drug drop box, Paoli Hospital is helping Chester County residents safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications.

From The Times of Chester County:

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that more than 8,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in 2016 through the Chester County drug disposal box program. 

“The drug disposal box program continues  to be a success in Chester County,” Hogan said in a statement. “The safe disposal of prescription medication, especially powerful opioids, keeps these drugs from getting into the wrong  hands.

We are protecting both our children and our environment, two goals everybody supports.”

Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, recently installed a prescription drug drop box to allow for the safe and anonymous disposal of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications. The drop box is located in the Paoli Hospital valet lobby. It is monitored by Paoli Hospital security staff and emptied by the Willistown Township Police Department.

“We have come a long way from flushing unwanted pills down the drain into the water system,” said Jim Paradis, President of Paoli Hospital. “Installing this box won’t completely solve this problem, but it’s one more step in the right direction, and it gives us an opportunity to continue our efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our community.”

Read more from the The Times of Chester County