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Maryland State Police Prepare for National Drug Take Back Day

 PIKESVILLE, Md. - The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking everyone to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The Maryland State Police say people can turn in prescription drugs to any state police barracks from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On September 27.

State Police say each barrack will act as a collection station giving people 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, according to State Police.

Second only to marijuana, police say non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family's medicine cabinet.

Locally on Delmarva during the last initiative in April 2014, police say troopers collected over 1,800 pounds of prescription drugs. Police say nationally, 780,000 pounds of prescription medications were collected from members of the public. When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, police say more than 4.1 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

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