Addiction

'We're doing this so the kids don't start with what's at home': People collect meds and needles on drug take back day

'We're doing this so the kids don't start with what's at home': People collect meds and needles on drug take back day

The families kept coming on the rainy Saturday to a Columbia shopping center, bringing grocery bags stuffed with pill bottles, jugs filled with syringes and armloads of prescription medication.

The needles alone filled more than a dozen trash-can sized bins. Howard County families dropped off hundreds of pounds of pills on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“You have people who are stockpiling this stuff. They open their trunks and have years’ worth,” said Joan Webb Scornaienchi, director of HC DrugFree, a small nonprofit fighting drug addiction in Howard County.

In Baltimore, meanwhile, volunteers gathered at the Walgreens Pharmacy in Highlandtown to collect...

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