National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, 2019
Maryland Communities Hosting Collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 25, 2019
ANNAPOLIS, MD — National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, 2019. All throughout Maryland, communities will be hosting collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for Marylanders to take a look through their medicine cabinets and collect old and unused prescription drugs,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “Helping to combat the opioid epidemic in Maryland doesn’t have to stop on Saturday. There also are plenty of drug take back locations open all year long, like our own Maryland State Police barracks.”
Lt. Governor Rutherford will attend a Drug Take Back Day collection in Howard County at the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot.
During the last Drug Take Back Day in October 2018, Maryland State Police collected 1,894 pounds of drugs. All Maryland State Police barracks are 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week drop-off locations for old and unused medications. They are equipped with secure drug collection boxes, located in the front lobby of each barrack, that are easily accessible and are in view of the barrack duty officer. For a list of barracks and locations, visit http://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/FieldOperationsBureau/allbarracks.aspx.
“It’s important on National Drug Take Back Day, and every day, to dispose safely of old and unused medications,” said Steve Schuh, executive director, Opioid Operational Command Center. “Often, we don’t know the dangers of keeping unused medications in our homes.”
To find out where to drop off old and unused medications on Saturday, visit https://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/national-prescription-drug-take-back-day/.
Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. Marylanders grappling with a substance use disorder can find help at BeforeItsTooLateMD.org or by calling 211 and pressing 1. Individuals also can call 211 and press 1 or text their zip code to 898-211 to speak with knowledgeable crisis call specialists.
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