Sheriff’s office holding annual RX roundup
CHESTERTOWN — It’s time to check your medicine cabinet for outdated or unneeded medicine. The annual Kent County Sheriff’s Office prescription drug roundup begins Monday.
Sheriff John Price began the annual RX RoundUp in 2009, making Kent County one of the first jurisdictions in the U.S. to offer the service to its residents. It continues this year with a few changes in the collections, which are scheduled for the following times and sites:
• Chestertown firehouse — 4 to 6 p.m., April 3
• Upper Shore Aging — 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., April 4
• Heron Point — noon to 2 p.m., April 5
• Kent County Community Center — 4 to 6 p.m., April 6
• Rock Hall firehouse — 4 to 6 p.m., April 7
A uniformed deputy will be on hand at all collection sites. No one will be required to give their name or to answer questions about what they are dropping off. Over-the-counter medications and veterinary drugs will also be accepted.
Drugs should not be left in the trash, where they can be found and taken for illicit use, or flushed down the toilet, where they can enter the environment and cause harm to wildlife. Drugs col- lected in the roundup are destroyed in a special hightemperature incinerator that breaks down potentially dangerous compounds.
For those unable to make it to any of the scheduled drop-off locations, unwanted drugs can also be left at the sheriff’s office at 104 Vickers Drive, off Flatland Road, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm., Monday through Friday any week. They should be delivered only to uniformed deputies.
According to a news release on the roundup, more than half the material collected annually is now brought to the sheriff’s office outside the roundup week. Because of this, the collection at some sites has been sparse in recent years, leading to the change in locations to conserve time and cost.
The Kent County Community Center in Worton, a central location in the county, was added to replace those sites.
Sgt. Steve Linz of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office records one of the unwanted prescription medicines turned in at last year’s prescription drug roundup. This year’s roundup begins Monday at the Chestertown firehouse.