PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—Delaware County Council and the Heroin Task Force are set to unveil 11 large drug drop off boxes.

The large, metal boxes may look like mailboxes but they are an important part of the Delaware County Heroin Task Force’s mission to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs, abuse that often has fatal results.

The boxes will be bolted to the floor at 10 local police departments and at the Government Center in Media, PA.

Delaware County has been active in the nationwide “Take-Back Drug Day” and has collected 1,700 pounds of medications.

The Council says residents kept asking how they could immediately dispose of unused medications at any time during the year, which brought along the idea of the drug drop off boxes.

Delaware County Council says it is setting up the boxes because it is important to get unused, expired prescription medications out of home medicine cabinets and off of the streets before they fall into the wrong hands.

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