Na­tional Drug Take Back Day, April 29

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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, this Satur­day, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state po­lice bar­racks.

State po­lice bar­racks through­out Mary­land will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional Drug Take Back Day. Each bar­rack will act as a col­lec­tion sta­tion giv­ing cit­i­zens an op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of all un­wanted and un­used pre­scrip­tion drugs. 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, a ma­jor­ity of teenagers abus­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs are find­ing an un­lim­ited sup­ply in their fam­ily’s medicine cabi­net.

Lo­cally dur­ing the last ini­tia­tive in Oc­to­ber 2016, troop­ers col­lected over 2,100 pounds of pre­scrip­tion drugs. Na­tion­ally, 672,000 pounds (336 tons) of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions were col­lected from mem­bers of the pub­lic. When added to the col­lec­tions from the pre­vi­ous Take-Back events, more than 7.1 mil­lion pounds of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions have been re­moved from cir­cu­la­tion.

In Queen Anne’s County, res­i­dents can drop off their un­used pre­scrip­tions to the MSP Bar­rack S at 311 Safety Drive in Cen­tre­ville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29.

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