The Maryland State Police announced in a news release Thursday that it will offer a secure drop-off site at the Westminster Barrack for unwanted or expired prescription medications.
The drop box is located within the main lobby of the Westminster Barrack, 1100 Baltimore Boulevard, and is available to the community 24 hours a day.
Guidelines for collection, include:
• Over-the-counter and prescription medications are accepted. They must be in a sealed container.
• Medications are preferred to be in their original containers.
• No controlled dangerous substances (narcotics, illegal drugs).
• No sharp items (syringes, needles, diabetic waster).
According to the release, prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest growing drug problem and medication collection programs are the safest method for collection and disposing of medications.
Police said a growing concern across the state is prescription medications being taken from medicine cabinets or the trash by those who abuse drugs.
Questions regarding the medication drop box can be directed to Det. Sgt. Padraic Lacy at the Westminster Barrack, 410-386-3048.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun