Let troopers dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs

The Maryland State Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking citizens get rid of of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 22.

This event will be from 10AM-2Pm at state police barracks throughout Maryland.

According to the release, each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is organized in order to provide people with a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Officials also hope to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Maryland State Police officials note that second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Some successful statistics from this initiative are as follows:
Locally during the last initiative in April 2016, troopers collected over 2,400 pounds of prescription drugs.  
Nationally, 894,000 pounds (447 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.  
When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, more than 6.4 million pounds (3,208 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

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