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Maryland State Police Collect More Than 800 Pounds Of Unwanted, Expired Prescription Drugs During Take Back Event

The Maryland State Police collected more than 800 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription medications as part of a National Drug Take Back Day event last Saturday. All 23 state police barracks throughout Maryland participated in the effort. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day effort, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet. On Saturday, Maryland State Police collected about 838 pounds of medications. This included the Frederick Barrack, which collected a department-best 194.6 pounds. The Westminster Barrack was second with 108.35 pounds with the Rockville (45.82 pounds), Annapolis (28.04) and Cumberland (27.2) barracks rounding out the top five. According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year, more than 93,000 people died of drug […]

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