Harford collects nearly 1,300 pounds of medications on Drug Take Back Day

The Aegis

Harford County collected nearly 1,300 pounds of unused medicines during Prescription Drug Take Back Day, county government announced.

Held on Saturday, Oct. 28, Drug Take Back day is a nationwide event designed to take prescription drugs out of circulation, prevent drug abuse, and prevent harm to the environment.

The event was sponsored locally by the Harford County Department of Community Services’ Office of Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Havre de Grace Police Department and the Maryland State Police.

Together, the participating agencies collected a total of 1,293 pounds of medications, which were then safely disposed of by law enforcement.

Harford County participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Day each April and October, and has been recognized by the federal DEA as a leader in the national program, according to a county government news release.

Permanent drop boxes for prescription drugs are also available 24/7 in Harford County, no questions asked, at the following locations:

Harford Sheriff’s Main Office, 45 S. Main Street in Bel Air;

Harford Sheriff’s Northern Precinct, 3724 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville;

Harford Sheriff’s Southern Precinct, 1305 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood;

State Police Bel Air Barrack, 1401 Belair Road in Bel Air;

Havre de Grace Police Department, 715 Pennington Ave. in Havre de Grace;

Aberdeen Police Department, 60 N Parke St. in Aberdeen.

The Office of Drug Control Policy, a division of the Harford County Department of Community Services, is Harford County’s lead prevention agency.

For more information about prescription drug abuse, please contact the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy at odcp@harfordcountymd.gov or call 410-638-3333.

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