Area Residents Caring & Helping (ARCH), a local non¬profit, and the Tredyffrin Police Department have partnered to provide the local community with a safe and convenient way to properly dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs.
From L-R: Police Superintendent: Anthony Giaimo, former Township Manager: Mimi Gleason,
Chester County District Attorney: Tom Hogan, ARCH co-chairs: Roann Brown and Gwenn Mascioli
ARCH approached the local police about creating a convenient local prescription drug collection program and received an enthusiastic response from Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo of the Tredyffrin Police Department. The Tredyffrin Police agreed to install a permanent prescription drug collection bin on site and assume responsibility for the proper disposal of the collected drugs. ARCH was pleased to purchase the collection bin for the benefit of the community. A MedReturn prescription drug collection box was installed in the lobby of the Township Building.
Chief Giaimo explained that the heavy steel locked box operates like a bank deposit-collection device: items placed in the door's open bin are deposited into the box when the door is closed and are not retrievable. The collection box's location permits the disposal of medication Monday-Friday from 6 am to 10 pm.
"We are delighted to partner with the Tredyffrin Township Police Department to bring this prescription drug collection service to our T/E community" said Roann Brown, ARCH Co-Chair. "Many people end up with leftover or expired prescription drugs and do not know what to do with them. As a result, these drugs frequently remain in medicine cabinets where they can pose a risk to our children and teens."
The next step is to educate the community about the importance of prompt and proper disposal of unneeded and expired prescription drugs. ARCH is seeking community business partners to support and assist with community education initiatives now that the box is installed and the program is operational.
To contact ARCH, please follow this link.