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Drug Take Back Day in October

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PIKESVILLE, Md. – The Maryland State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26.

Both organizations ask citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at state police barracks throughout Maryland.

According to police, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. It is also meant to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Besides marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the U.S. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, many teens abuse prescription drugs found in their family's medicine cabinet.

During the last prescription drug initiative in April 2013, troopers collected more than 1,200 pounds of prescription drugs. Nationally, 742,497 pounds of prescription medications were collected. That number, combined with the past five Take-Back events, totals more than 2.8 million pounds of prescription medications collected.  

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