prescription drug take back

Anne Arundel County Police say they collected more than 350 pounds of medicine during a prescription drug take back event on Oct. 26 (Anne Arundel County Police Photo / October 28, 2013)

Anne Arundel County Police say they took in about 351 pounds of unused medicine during the department’s Prescription Drug Take Back initiative, held Oct. 26.

The event was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Police said several hundred bottles of expired and unused medications were collected at the county’s four police districts. Officials also used the occasion to discuss how flushing unused medication in the toilet affects the water, septic systems, the environment and overall public safety; and the Anne Arundel County Health Department provided information on substance abuse prevention coalitions and treatment programs.

Police note that there are drop boxes for unused medication in the lobby of each of the four police districts on an ongoing basis – with access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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