More drop-off locations for National Take-Back Day

National Prescription Take Back Day is October 22, and law enforcement agencies in Maryland and Delaware are participating.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held in order to to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way that people can get rid of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the release from the Maryland State Police, each barrack will act as a collection station giving people the chance to get rid of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  

MSP says that second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country.  

Also, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.  

“The National Take-Back Day event offers the public a means to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications for free,” said Shawn R. Ellerman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia Field Division and head of the DEA’s operations in Delaware who spoke at the event.  “Our medicine cabinets are often the source for prescription opioid medicines that can potentially be abused by our family members and friends.”  

The Maryland State Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking citizens get rid of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10AM to 2PM at state police barracks.

For a list of specific sites in Maryland, CLICK HERE

In Delaware, the Division of Public Health’s Healthy Homes Program is coordinating the take-back day, also from 10AM-2PM. A release from the Office of Health and Rick Communication says that Delawareans can get rid of their expired and unused medicines at one of 27 designated collection sites statewide. Identification is not required, and no questions will be asked.  Collection sites will accept prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, cream medications, and even pet medications.  However, officials note that No syringes or inhalers will be accepted.

“Delawareans in each county will have many options to locate a disposal site near them.  We greatly appreciate the participation of each of these sites and their partnership in helping us promote safe prescription drug disposal,” said Dr. Rattay. “Offering this opportunity can help Delawareans avoid painful addictions, illegal substance use, and tragic overdoses, as well as protect our groundwater from contamination by substances that are often improperly flushed down drains and toilets.”

Permanent collection sites in Delaware are:
New Castle County

  • Wilmington Police Department – 300 N. Walnut St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Newark Police Department- 220 South Main Street- Newark
  • New Castle County Police Department- Sweeney Public Safety Building, 3601 N. DuPont Hwy.- New Castle

Kent County

  • Camden Police Department- 1783 Friends Way- Camden
  • Dover Police Department – 400 S. Queen St., Dover, DE 19904
  • Felton Police Department- 24 East Sewell Street- Felton
  • Harrington Police Department – 20 Mechanic St., Harrington, DE 19952
  • Smyrna Police Department – 325 W. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, DE 19977

Sussex County

  • Georgetown Police Department – 335 N. Race St., Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Greenwood Police Department – 100 W. Market St., Greenwood, DE 19950
  • Delmar Police Department – 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Delmar, MD 21875
  • Town of Laurel Town Office- 205 Mechanic St. – Laurel
  • Ocean View Police Department- 201 Central Ave. – Ocean View
  • Selbyville Town Hall- 68 W. Church Street- Selbyville

Take-Back Day sites in Delaware are:
New Castle County

  • Delaware City Police Department- 407 Clinton Street- Delaware City
  • Delaware State Police Troop 2- 100 La Grange Ave.- Newark
  • Christiana Care Surgical Center- 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road- Newark
  • New Castle County Airport- 151 North DuPont Highway- New Castle
  • Wilmington VA Medical Center – 1601 Kirkwood Hwy- Wilmington
  • Shipley Manor Nursing Home- 2723 Shipley Road- Wilmington

Kent County

  • Atlantic Apothecary- 103. S. Dupont Blvd., Suite 2- Smyrna
  • Cheswold Police Department – 691 Main Street – Cheswold
  • Delaware State Police Troop 3- 3759 S. State St.- Camden
  • Dover AFB Commissary – 268 Galaxy St.- Dover AFB
  • Heritage at Dover Assisted Living – 1203 Walker Road- Dover
  • Milford Police Department- 400 NE Front Street- Milford

Sussex County

  • Dagsboro Police Department- 33134 Main St.- Dagsboro
  • Delaware State Police Troop 4- 23652 Shortly Road- Georgetown
  • Delaware State Police Troop 7 – 18006 Coastal Hwy.- Lewes
  • City of Lewes Board of Public Works – 129 Schley Ave. – Lewes
  • Milton Police Department- 101 Federal St. – Milton
  • Beebe Tunnell Cancer Center- 18947 John Jay Williams Hwy. – Rehoboth
  • Rehoboth Beach Police Department- 229 Rehoboth Avenue- Rehoboth
  • CVS Pharmacy- 36252 Lighthouse Road- Selbyville
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