Nearly 1,800 pounds of unused and expired medication was turned in
The 1,782 pounds of medicine turned in was properly disposed of and destroyed. This effort will significantly help in addressing the alarming rate of drug overdoses relating to prescription and
Nationally, an estimated 6.2 million Americans over the age of 12 years old reported misusing prescription drugs. Locally in the first six months of 2012, 86 percent of the drug and alcohol overdose deaths of Harford County residents were related to prescription drug overdoses.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig said in a press release he is proud of the citizens who participated in the prescription drug take back events, adding: "The medicines that were turned in will not get in the hands of someone who could abuse them and the drugs will be disposed of properly, without harm to the environment."
The Harford County Department of Community Services Office of Drug Control Policy staff, Sheriff's Office deputies, the
Joseph Ryan, manager for the Office of Drug Control Policy, said in the press release he hopes the Prescription Take Back events enhance the level of awareness concerning the dangers of prescription drug abuse, especially among youth.
The next Drug Take Back event will be June 13 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the parking lot behind the A.A. Roberty School Board building, 102 S. Hickory Ave.
For more information about prescription drug abuse, contact the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-638-3333.