Sep 22, 2010
WHAT: National Take Back Initiative – free, anonymous, safe disposal of unwanted,
unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Northern District Police Station, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
Southern District Police Station, 11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel
Howard County police will host two drop-off locations for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s
National Take Back Initiative on Saturday. Howard County collection sites will be available at the
Northern and Southern District Police Stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This initiative allows citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications
safely and anonymously,” Chief of Police William McMahon said. “I hope residents will take advantage
of this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets so that we can reduce instances of prescription
drug poisonings, misuse, abuse and theft.”
The program will also provide an environmentally safe disposal method. Many residents unknowingly create safety and health hazards by flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them away.
Prescriptions, both controlled and non-controlled, will be accepted. Over the counter medication will also be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectable medications and syringes cannot be accepted. Additional partners in the initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Attorneys General, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Federation of State Medical Boards and National District Attorneys Association. For more information and additional dropoff ocations, visit www.dea.gov.