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Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

October 21st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Once again, Maryland State Police urge Maryland residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and gather up and dispose of outdated, expired, and no longer useful prescription drugs at the end of this month.

National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday October 26, 2019, aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to get rid of prescription medication in your home, while also educating the public on the potential for abuse of those medications. The event is held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency as the Maryland State Police join other law enforcement agencies across the nation for this effort.

All Maryland State Police barracks are 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week drop-off locations for old and unused medications.  Secure drug collection boxes, located in the front lobby of each barrack, are easily accessible and in view of the barrack duty officer.

Since 2014, thanks to this effort, state police barracks have collected over 20,000 pounds of unwanted medications, or, 10 tons of drugs combined during similar drug take back day events that could have gotten into the wrong hands or drugs that could have ended up contaminating our rivers and streams, drugs that instead, were properly disposed of.

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