By Jim Melwert
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, P.A., (CBS) — Heroin and opioid overdose is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death for people under-70 in Pennsylvania. Officials in Montgomery County gathered today to announce their latest efforts in trying to battle the epidemic.
“This is not a problem we can arrest or incarcerate our way out of. It requires many different parts of our community coming together,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said.
This Saturday, the county is hosting another drug take-back day, Ferman says in the four and a half years since the county started the program, they’ve collected nearly seven-tons of drugs.
Justina McIntyre is urging people to take advantage of the drug drop-off boxes. Her 19-year-old son died of a prescription pill overdose in 2008.
“He would get these prescription pills from medicine cabinets and from other students at school,” McIntyre explained.
Ferman also announced money confiscated from drug dealers and traffickers will be used to make sure every police car in the county is equipped with the anti-overdose drug Naloxone.
The full list of drop-off locations is below:
Abington Police Department, 1166 Old York Rd., Abington, PA 19001
Cheltenham Township Police Department, 8230 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027
Collegeville Borough Police Department – Collegeville Fire Department, 25 E. Fifth Ave., Collegeville, PA 19426
Conshohocken Borough Police Department, 720 Fayette St., Conshohocken, PA 19428
East Norriton Township Police Department, 2501 Stanbridge St., East Norriton, PA 19401
Hatfield Township Administration Building, 1950 School Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440
Hatboro Police Department, 120 E. Montgomery Ave., Hatboro, PA 19040
Jenkintown Borough Police Department, 700 Summit Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Limerick Township Police Department, 646 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468
Lower Pottsgrove Township – Sanatoga Fire House, 2222 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Lower Providence Township Police Department, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville, PA 19403
Marlborough Township Police Department, 6040 Upper Ridge Rd., Green Lane, PA 18054
Montgomery Township – Giant Food Store, 1201 Knapp Rd., North Wales, PA 19454
Narberth Borough Police Department, 100 Conway Ave., Narberth PA 19072 (available Saturday 10-17-15)
New Hanover Township Police Department, 2943 N. Charlotte St., Gilbertsville, PA 19525
Pottstown Police Department, 100 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Royersford Police Department, 300 Main St, Royersford, PA 19468
Springfield Township Police Department, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Towamencin Township Police Department, 1090 Troxel Rd., Kulpsville, PA 19443
Upper Merion Township Police Department, 175 West Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
Upper Moreland Township Police Department, 117 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090
Upper Providence Township Police Department, 1286 Black Rock Rd., Oaks, PA 19456
West Conshohocken Borough Hall, 112 Ford Street, West Conshohocken, PA 19428
West Norriton Township Police Department, 1630 W. Marshall St., Jeffersonville, PA 19403
Whitpain Township Police Department, 960 Wentz Rd, Blue Bell, PA 19422