Maryland law enforcement officials said that past initiatives have been successful and that they have collected over 91,000 pounds of prescription medications across the state. "We are living an opioid crisis and the Take Back Day offers a great opportunity for proper disposal of unused and expired medications". The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is partnering with LifeSteps to offer the box as a year-round safe medication disposal to WilCo residents. Liquid drugs are accepted, but not in syringes or other sharp containers.
"Disposing of unused medications is a step in the right direction by helping to prevent drug thefts, abuse and overdoses". The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In all 13 previous collection events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 4,050 tons of pills.
Officials also cautioned people about potential health hazards when they flush medicines in the toilet or throw them in the trash.
Missourians can clean out unused and expired drugs in their medicine cabinets on Saturday.
"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation's opioid epidemic, which has led to the largest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen".
Additionally, Collier says the most common way teenagers are introduced to prescription drug use is finding them in family's medicine cabinets.
Once again, the Indiana State Police are pleased to partner with the DEA, and as in the past, the drugs may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Toll Road Post.
"There are a lot of consumers out there who don't know how to dispose of our medications".