Prescription drug collection program seen as working by the D.A.

WEST CHESTER Chester County gathered more than 350 pounds of unwanted medication in the first three months of 2014 through collection boxes it set up to dispose of the drugs safely and combat prescription drug addiction, the District Attorney's Office announced last week.

The program encourages people to anonymously dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications to reduce misuse and keep them out of the water supply.

District Attorney Thomas Hogan thanked Chester County residents for participating and said this wass just the start. "The safe disposal of prescription drugs keeps them out of the hands of children and addicts," he said in a statement.

Medication collection boxes are located in the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester and the police departments in Caln, Coatesville, East Brandywine, Kennett Square, New Garden, North Coventry, Oxford, Parkesburg, Phoenixville, Tredyffrin, Valley, West Brandywine, West Caln, West Goshen, West Vincent, West Whiteland and Westtown-East Goshen. - Michaelle Bond