The Anne Arundel County Police Department would like to thank the citizens that participated in a very successful Prescription Drug Take Back initiative. The event was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, and was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
There were several hundred bottles of expired and unused medications collected. Collection sites were established at each of the county’s four police districts. In total, the county collected several large bags of various pharmaceutics weighing approximately 351 pounds. Each district was staffed with a representative from the Police Department as well as a DEA investigator to answer any questions or concerns about medications getting into to the wrong hands and the abuse of prescribed medication. Citizens were informed of the harm caused by flushing the unused medication in the toilet and how it affects the water, septic systems, the environment and overall public safety. The Anne Arundel County Health Department also provided information on substance abuse prevention coalitions and treatment programs.
This event was held on a national level and the Anne Arundel County Police Department was proud to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration and the local community in this program. Citizens are reminded that there are drop boxes for unused medication in the lobby of each of the four police districts. These drop boxes are available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The boxes are provided so that unused medications can be disposed of in a safe manner.