Anne Arundel County Police will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, where unused or expired medications can be turned in for safe disposal.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a responsible way to dispose such medications and aims to educate people about the dangers of prescription drug use, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control website.
"I think we would all be surprised when we go around our house and look and find as much medicine in our house that's expired or old and not needed anymore. Just from simple procedures that we ended up getting a prescription for but didn't need it and we tucked it away somewhere and we have that extra Ibuprofen, extra oxycodone, or whatever it might be," Lieutenant T.J. Smith, Anne Arundel County Police Department, told ABC2.
Medications can be turned in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to any of the four police district offices.
"You don't have to worry about any type of repercussions for turning something in. You can walk in, you can remove the label off the bottle, you can turn it in anonymously," Lt. Smith said.
That may be part of the reason the days have been so successful. Last year was the most successful drug take back day on record in Anne Arundel County.
They helped people safely dispose of 351 pounds of prescription medication. However, the effort continues year round.
"We have a green box in everyone of our police districts, all four of them, where you can come in anytime and drop off your medication," Lt. Smith added.