National Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 24

WEST CHESTER — Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services (CCDDAS) is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place this Saturday, October 24th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides temporary local sites for safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential for misuse of medications. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are limited temporary site locations. However, Chester County has over 25 permanent disposal locations available for disposal on this day, as well as every day.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24th, both temporary and permanent prescription drug disposal sites will be available throughout Chester County. To find a DEA hosted temporary site, please click here. To find a Chester County permanent sites, please click here.   Residents are asked to, please wear a mask and practice social distancing at all locations.

During these unprecedented times, CCDDAS reminds residents that the opioid and overdose crisis, along with other substance use disorders are still extremely prevalent within our communities, and in some ways, may be exacerbated by the pandemic.

If you, or a loved one are struggling with drugs or alcohol, help is available. Drug and alcohol treatment and support services, which include 12 step meetings and other supports, have, and will continue through the pandemic.

Regardless of whether you have insurance or not, drug and alcohol treatment services are available in Chester County. Accessing the services will be dependent upon individual coverage. If you have insurance, including Medicaid, please call the number listed on the back of your insurance card to get information on how to access drug and alcohol services. If you do not have insurance, please call one of the following agencies which is closest to you, for help:

  • Gaudenzia Coatesville(Coatesville) – 610-383-9600
  • Mirmont Outpatient (Exton) – 484-565-1130
  • Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems (Kennett Square) – 610-388-9225
  • Creative Health Services (Phoenixville)- 610-933-1223
  • Gaudenzia West Chester(West Chester) – 610-429-1414

In addition to treatment services, recovery supports are also still available. As our communities continue to socially distance, these supports may look different due to many of them going virtual. To locate local drug and alcohol, as well as other human services resources, please see the Chester County Department of Human Services COVID-19 Resource Guide.

For more information on drug and alcohol information and services, please visit the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services website or the Chester County Overdose Prevention Task Force website.

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