Drug take-back ef­fort nets 100 pounds of pills

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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.

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More than 100 pounds of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion was col­lected from Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents dur­ing Drug Take-Back Week.

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