More than 300 people participated in Harford County’s National Prescription Drug Take Back event last Saturday, which helped to properly dispose 1,389 pounds of unused and expired medicines.
The event addresses drug overdoses relating to prescription and over-the-counter medicines. According to a news release, more than 50 percent of the drug and alcohol overdose deaths of Harford County residents in 2012 were related to prescription drug overdoses.
The Harford County Department of Community Services Office of Drug Control Policy staff, Sheriff Office Deputies, the Havre de Grace Police Department and Maryland State Troopers worked together with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to coordinate the event.
Joseph Ryan, manager for the Office of Drug Control Policy, hopes the Prescription Drug Take Back event enhances awareness, especially among youth, of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
For those who did not participate in Saturday’s event, a permanent prescription drop box is available at the Maryland State Police Barrack in Bel Air.