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National Drug Take-Back Day in Harford County

Residents can drop off unwanted medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Safely disposing of unwanted or expired medications is easy this weekend, with three drop-off locations set up in Harford County for National Drug Take-Back Day.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, drop off unneeded, unwanted or expired prescription medications at the Harford County Office Building, located at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air, or the Havre de Grace Police Department, 715 Pennington Ave. in Havre de Grace or the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack, located at 1401 Belair Road in Bel Air.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and is the fifth national drug take-back event, according to the U.S. Office of Diversion Control's website.

These drop-off stations allow for the safe, environmentally friendly disposal of medications, and reduce the risk that they will fall into the wrong hands.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem nationwide and Harford County is no exception.

"Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic," according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy's website.

In a February community meeting, Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said drugs are the biggest problem the county faces, and prescription drug abuse is a major part of that.

John Bowman September 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM
A great way to get rid of Rx drugs safely. I only suggest that the Sheriff consider a drop off point at the new, and huge, Edgewood precinc.That way Joppa, Edgewood, Abingdon, Belcamp, etc. would be serviced. The past drop's off have been in the north and east but nothing in one of the largest populated areas in Harford County. Just a request for consideration. I thank all the law enforcement agencies for the great work you do in a very thankless job.
Joseph Ryan September 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
The Harford County Sheriff's Office, Community Policing Unit and the Harford County Office of Drug Control will be set up on the Parking lot of the Edgewater Shopping center, 1901 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood, Md 21040 on Tuesday October 9, 2012 from 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM to collect unused medicines and address any community crime issues. Look for the Community Police trailer. Thanks for your interest in public safety.

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