SALISBURY, Md.- Police in Wicomico County are fighting prescription drug abuse from Fruitland to Delmar. The county participates in drug takebacks two times a year, where old medicines can be collected and properly disposed. Now, the county is making it easier to get rid of prescription drugs anytime.
Permanent drop boxes will be installed around the county to collect unneeded prescription drugs. The drop boxes are located at the Salisbury, Fruitland, and Delmar police stations, as well as the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said prescription drugs are the most widely abused drug on the Eastern Shore.
"We handle dozens of calls every single year, where homes are being broken into exclusively for the purpose of stealing medication out of medicine cabinets," Lewis said.
After the drugs are collected, they are disposed properly. John Culver of Culver Enterprises does that on Delmarva. He said prescription drugs end up in landfills and can contaminate ground ater.
"We put them in a container and we take them to a disposal site," he said. "The disposal site is 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It burns waste. We can go there anytime day or night to get rid of waste."
Officials said to take advantage of the disposal service, remove personal information off the original container, and discard. The process is meant to be simple, with no questions asked and no paperwork.
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