Citizens Urged to Drop off Unwanted Medications
Harford County citizens can safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications, no questions asked, at three locations on the next Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Harford County Department of Community Services’ Office of Drug Control Policy, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Havre de Grace Police Department and the Maryland State Police urge citizens to participate in this event to help take prescription drugs out of circulation, prevent drug abuse, and prevent harm to the environment.
Collections will be held on October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Police Station, 715 Pennington Avenue in Havre de Grace; the Maryland State Police Barrack D, 1401 Belair Road in Bel Air, and in the parking lot of the Harford County Government Administrative Building at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air, where the county’s new ambulance will be on public display for the first time. The ambulance will be placed into service in January to supplement existing ambulance services countywide.
Harford County has recovered over 18,000 pounds of used prescription drugs over the past three years, in cooperation with federal, state and local partners. As such, Harford County has been recognized by the federal DEA as a leader in the take back program.
“Reports indicate that four out of five heroin addictions start with the misuse of prescription painkillers,” County Executive Glassman said. “Our semi-annual drug take back days help prevent these medicines from getting into the wrong hands, and help protect our environment. Citizens can help by cleaning out their medicine cabinets and dropping off their unused prescription drugs at our Harford County collection sites.”
The Office of Drug Control Policy, a division of the Harford County Department of Community Services, is Harford County’s Lead Prevention Agency. For more information about this event or prescription drug abuse, please contact the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy at [email protected] or 410-638-3333.