Pharmaceutical Industry

Thousands of drug disposal pouches to be distributed to state from APG starting Saturday

Thousands of drug disposal pouches to be distributed to state from APG starting Saturday

The Maryland National Guard, Aberdeen Proving Ground, businesses, anti-drug organizations and local agencies are partnering to distribute to communities throughout Maryland 100,000 pouches designed to render unused prescription medication harmless.

Abuse of prescription painkillers, stemming in part from easy access to the drugs in people’s households, has been identified as a key factor in the ongoing deadly opioid epidemic in Harford County, the state and nation.

“Four out of five heroin addicts started with the misuse of prescription drugs,” Harford County government spokesperson Cindy Mumby said Thursday. “We want these medications out of the house when they’re no longer...

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