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Drop Off Excess Medications in Bel Air Saturday

There will be four drop off locations available Saturday in Harford County.

National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday and Harford County is offering several drop off locations, including the Harford County government office building in downtown Bel Air.

Harford County residents can dispose of unused medications in a safe and environmentally friendly way between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at four locations in the county.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem nationwide and Harford County is no exception, according to Harford County law enforcement officials.

"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," states the Office of National Drug Control Policy's website.

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

Before drug take back days were started, there was no legal way to turn in controlled substances for disposal, according to a release from Maryland State Police.

A list of available drop-off points can be found below:

Location Address Harford County Office Building 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air Havre de Grace Police Department 715 Pennington Ave. in Havre de Grace Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack 1401 Bel Air Rd. in Benson YMCA 101 Walter Ward Boulevard in Abingdon
Penelope Patch April 28, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I was ok until I saw Harford County government personnel on TV with the DEA officials. Not sure why local government has to be all over everything that goes on in this county. The health department would have been a better fit -- Joe Ryan needs to retire.

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