Drug Drop Boxes are located at all Baltimore County Police Precincts
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.