Md. State Police hold Drug Take Back Day
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.