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.