Sher­iff’s of­fice hold­ing an­nual RX roundup

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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.

PHOTO BY PETER HECK

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.

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