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Ocean City Drug Disposal Box Collects 264 Pounds of Medication

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – A 24-hour drug drop box located at the Ocean City Public Safety Building collected 264 pounds of discarded medications last year, police say.

The disposal box in the building's lobby is nothing new, says Chief Ross Buzzuro.

“[It] was donated to the Ocean City Police Department in May 2012 by the Ocean City Elks Lodge and has served as a safe place for citizens to bring their unused and unwanted medications ensuring that the medications never end up on the streets of Ocean City,” he said. “We strongly encourage citizens to take their unwanted medications to the drop box and not flush their medication or throw them away. Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering our waterways and landfills.”

Officers say the dropped off drugs have a street value of nearly $15,000 and include controlled pain medications, depressants and stimulants.

A second permanent drop box is located at the Ocean Pines Police Department. The two combined have yielded a total of 734 pounds of medication containing 11,247 controlled pills with a street value of more than $45,000, according to police.

The Maryland Executive Board members of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators have hailed this effort as a success in keeping unwanted and unused prescription drugs out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them, as well as out of Maryland coastal bays and waterways.

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