Drug take-back effort nets 100 pounds of pills
CENTREVILLE — During the week of Oct. 22, more than 100 pounds of prescription medication was collected from Queen Anne’s County citizens.
Drop-off locations were set up at the Sudlersville Senior Center, the Kent Island Elks Lodge and the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. The Maryland State Police, Centreville Barracks, and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office have drop off centers open every day. The other locations were manned by QA sheriff’s deputies and Drug-Free Coalition volunteers.
The Prescription Round-Up is a cooperative effort with the sheriff’s office and the Drug-Free Coalition and has been going on for seven years.
The national Drug Take-back day is operated through the Maryland State Police and is in its third Year.
This was the first year an effort was made to coordinate both efforts with Queen Anne’s County residents.
Drug-Free Coalition Chairman Kathy Wright said, “This gives everyone the opportunity to conveniently dispose of unused prescriptions. Law enforcement disposes of them safely, they do not end up in the water, and are not used by children or others. The 85 pounds we collected, and the 31 pounds collected by MSP do not seem like a lot, but multiply by seven years, and I think the effort makes a difference. Thanks to everyone who dropped off medication, the QA sheriff and our volunteers.”
A special thanks to Cpl. Maria Bassaro of the sheriff’s office, Lt. Tim McDonald of the MSP, Sally Kramer, Dino Pignataro, Sandy Hartmann, Bonnie Larrimore, The Sudlersville Senior Center, Kent Island Elks Lodge and the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.
More than 100 pounds of prescription medication was collected from Queen Anne’s County residents during Drug Take-Back Week.