Get rid of your unwanted, outdated prescription medicine
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.
Some of the drugs collected during a previous prescription drug roundup.