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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Tomorrow, October 27, 2018

Maryland Communities Hosting Collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 26, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, MD — National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018. All across Maryland, communities will be hosting collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Drug Take Back Day is a safe way for Marylanders to dispose of their old and unused prescription drugs,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “It’s also an effective tool to educate our communities about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and sharing them with others.”

To find out where to drop off old and unused medications tomorrow, visit http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/2018-national-drug-take-back-day-events/.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will attend a Drug Take Back Day collection in Howard County at the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot, 5305 Village Center Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21044.

“Safely disposing unused medications is another way that Marylanders can help us combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in our state tomorrow and every day after,” says Clay Stamp, executive director, Opioid Operational Command Center. “Even after Drug Take Back Day, take time to clean out your medicine cabinets and drop off old or unused medication at statewide locations open 365 days a year.”

Maryland State Police barracks also will be participating on Saturday. During the last Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, Maryland State Police collected 2,154 pounds of drugs.

Additionally, 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.

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. Additional support is available through MDCrisisConnect.org, which has information on both text and chat features.

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