TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County announced it has installed 10 prescription drug drop boxes in front of each of the jurisdictions 10 police precincts.
The measure was done in part, county officials said, to combat a spike in prescription drug overdoses in recent years. According to a county news release, over the past five years, Baltimore County has lost slightly more than 100 lives annually to overdose deaths and thousands of near misses.
The county is embarking on a two-year plan to reduce overdose deaths and near misses by 20 percent. The drug drop boxes, which were purchased with funds from the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, are only part of the county's four-pronged approach to its overdose prevention plan.This includes:
"This is a common sense approach that helps people safeguard medications that could otherwise be dangerous to others," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a statement.
Residents can anonymously and safely dispose of unwanted and expired drugs and medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the following police precincts:
"Losing one life to an overdose is one too many," said county fire Chief John J. Hohman in a statement. "I am hopeful that the utilization of the boxes by the public will result in a decline in the fatal, yet preventable overdose calls received by our Fire and EMS personnel."
Liquid, tablet and capsule forms of medication should be disposed of in the drug drop boxes. All medical waste (needles, lancets, syringes, and razor blades) should be securely enclosed in a metal or plastic container and thrown in the regular trash. These items should not be place in the drug drop boxes!
If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol, tobacco or drug (illegal or prescription) addiction, help is available. Call the Department of Health at 410-887-BCHD (2243).
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