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Md. State Police to Participate in National Prescription Take Back Day

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-  Maryland State Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking citizens to dispose unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Take Back Day.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the event on April 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 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.

Police said that second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the DEA, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Locally during the last initiative in October 2013, troopers collected over 1,100 pounds of prescription drugs. Nationally, 648,000 pounds (324 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public. When added to the collections from the previous five Take-Back events, more than 3.4 million pounds (1,700 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.
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