Pikesville, MD – The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement
Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
state police barracks.

State Police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National
Drug Take Back Day. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an
opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible
means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about
the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly
used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority
of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s
medicine cabinet.

During the last initiative in October 2018, troopers collected over 1,800 pounds of
prescription drugs. Nationally, 914,236 pounds (457 tons) of prescription medications
were collected from members of the public. When added to the collections from the
previous Take-Back events, more than 9 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.