Get rid of your un­wanted, out­dated pre­scrip­tion medicine

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Mary­land State Po­lice in part­ner­ship with the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion are asking ci­ti­zens dis­pose of un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs dur­ing the Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at state po­lice bar­racks.

State po­lice bar­racks through­out Mary­land will par­tic­i­pate 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 Cen­tre­ville bar­racks is lo­cated at 311 Safety Dr.

The Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take-Back 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.

Sec­ond only to mar­i­juana, non-med­i­cal pre­scrip­tion drugs are the most com­monly used drug in the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, ma­jor­ity of teenagers abus­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs are find­ing an un­lim­ited sup­ply in their fam­ily’s medicine cab­i­net.

Lo­cally dur­ing the last ini­tia­tive in April 2016, troop­ers col­lected over 2,400 pounds of pre­scrip­tion drugs. Na­tion­ally, 894,000 pounds of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions were col­lected from mem­bers of the pub­lic. When added to the col­lec­tions from the pre­vi­ous Take-Back events, more than 6.4 mil­lion pounds of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions have been re­moved from cir­cu­la­tion.

The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has a year-round drop-off in its of­fice where com­mu­nity mem­bers can dis­pose of un­wanted or old med­i­ca­tion. The Sher­iff’s Of­fice, 505 Rail­road Ave., Cen­tre­ville, also is hold­ing an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, where deputies will col­lect un­wanted pre­scrip­tions as one of the ac­tiv­i­ties.

PHOTO BY PETER HECK

Some of the drugs col­lected dur­ing a pre­vi­ous pre­scrip­tion drug roundup.

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