Carroll County Sheriff's Office collect unwanted medication

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Carroll County Sheriff's Office collect unwanted medication collected 565 of medication after holding an open donation call to residents.

The Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, a national program from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration which encourages residents to clean out their medicine cabinets of expired or unwanted medications.

Police held the event  April 26, 2014.  Last year, a similar event brought in approximately 372 pounds of medications.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that this initiative operates in conjunction with the county's Medication Waste Disposal program, and that the collection boxes used during this initiative remain in place and open at the seven locations in Carroll County: Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack,  Sykesville Police Department, Taneytown Police Department,  Westminster Police Department, Manchester Police Department, the lobby of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in Westminster, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Northern Satellite Office.

An eighth box has been purchased, and will be installed in the South Carroll Law Enforcement Satellite Office along Route 26 once renovations are completed. At each site, the collection boxes are clearly marked for identification and include easy instructions to ensure the safe and secure collection.

It is important to note that both prescription and over the counter medications are accepted, and may be in tablet, liquid, ointment, inhaler, powder or patch form.

Syringes, needles, thermometers, bandages, gauze pads, sun block, lipstick, deodorant, non-prescription skin crème and similar products will not be accepted. Loose pills or tablets as well as any liquid medication must be placed into a sealed plastic bag prior to dropping into a collection box.