Harford County installs drug drop box

BEL AIR, Md. - Residents can now drop off unused prescription medications with no questions asked at the Bel Air barracks of the Maryland State Police.

The Harford County Department of Community Services' Office of Drug Control Policy has teamed up with state police to offer a permanent drop-off box for prescription drugs at the barracks, located at 1401 Belair Road.

The county paid for the box and installation as part of its efforts to reduce Harford's opioid death rate, which is currently the fourth-highest in Maryland. Residents can turn in any unused prescription medications at any time.

This effort follows a similar initiative recently started in Baltimore County.

In September, Baltimore County announced it had installed 10 prescription drug drop boxes in front of each of the jurisdiction's 10 police precincts.

The measure was done in part, county officials said, to combat a spike in prescription drug overdoses in recent years. According the county, over the past five years, Baltimore County has lost slightly more than 100 lives annually to overdose deaths and thousands of near misses.

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