Drug Drop Boxes are lo­cated at all Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Precincts

The Dundalk Eagle - - POLICE BEAT - By GRE­GORY WM. BRANCH, M.D. DI­REC­TOR

You know how im­por­tant it is to read the la­bel on your pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion and to take it only as di­rected. But are you also aware of how im­por­tant it is to prop­erly dis­pose of med­i­ca­tions that you are no longer us­ing? Un­used pre­scrip­tion drugs can find their way into the wrong hands – with dan­ger­ous and of­ten­times tragic consequences.

To help bring at­ten­tion to this cru­cial pub­lic safety and pub­lic health is­sue, the Bal­ti­more County De­part­ment of Health is re­mind­ing county res­i­dents that there are Drug Drop Box Lo­ca­tions in po­lice precincts through­out Bal­ti­more County. Bal­ti­more res­i­dents are able to place their ex­pired and un­used pre­scrip­tions in drug drop boxes through­out the county year round — 24 hours a day, seven days a

week. Lo­ca­tions: Precinct 8- Parkville:

8532 Old Har­ford Road, 21234 Precinct 9- White Marsh: 8220 Perry Hall Boule­vard, 21236 Precinct 11- Es­sex:

216 North Mar­lyn Av­enue, 21221 Precinct 12- Dun­dalk:

428 Westham Way, 21224 Ac­cord­ing to the 2015 Na­tional Sur­vey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 mil­lion Amer­i­cans abused con­trolled pre­scrip­tion drugs – the ma­jor­ity of which were ob­tained di­rectly from fam­ily and friends or by hav­ing ac­cess to the home medicine cab­i­nets of fam­ily and friends. Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day is a safe, con­ve­nient and re­spon­si­ble way to clean out your medicine cab­i­nets and dis­pose of un­used or ex­pired pre­scrip­tion drugs and per­haps help pre­vent drug ad­dic­tion and po­ten­tial over­dose deaths.

In ad­di­tion to tak­ing your un­used med­i­ca­tions to a drug drop box lo­ca­tion, you may also dis­pose of them at home if no spe­cific dis­posal in­struc­tions are given on the pre­scrip­tion drug la­bel­ing. Fol­low these sim­ple steps:

• Re­move the medicine from its orig­i­nal con­tainer and mix it with an un­de­sir­able sub­stance, such as used cof­fee grounds or used kitty lit­ter.

• Place the mix­ture in a seal­able bag or con­tainer to pre­vent medicine from leak­ing out.

• Place the sealed bag or con­tainer in with your house­hold trash. Don’t for­get to scratch out all iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion on the pre­scrip­tion drug con­tainer to make it un­read­able. This will help to pro­tect your iden­tity and main­tain the pri­vacy of your per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion.

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