Md. State Po­lice hold Drug Take Back Day

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Mary­land State Po­lice in part­ner­ship with the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion are ask­ing cit­i­zens to dis­pose of un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs dur­ing the Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at state po­lice bar­racks.

State po­lice bar­racks through­out Mary­land will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional Drug Take Back Day. Each bar­racks will act as a col­lec­tion sta­tion giv­ing cit­i­zens an op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of all un­wanted and un­used pre­scrip­tion drugs. The Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take­Back Day aims to pro­vide a safe, con­ve­nient, and re­spon­si­ble means of dis­pos­ing of pre­scrip­tion drugs, while also ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral public about the po­ten­tial for abuse of med­i­ca­tions.

Lo­cally dur­ing the last ini­tia­tive in Septem­ber 2015, troop­ers col­lected over 2,400 pounds of pre­scrip­tion drugs. Na­tion­ally, 700,000 pounds (350 tons) of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions were col­lected from mem­bers of the public. When added to the col­lec­tions from the pre­vi­ous Take­Back events, more than 5.5 mil­lion pounds (2,761 tons) of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions have been re­moved from cir­cu­la­tion.

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