The North East Police Department has signed on for National Prescription Take Back Day which is set for October 26.
Officers will accept prescription medications at the North East Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
North East has signed on in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and are asking citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during National Prescription Take Back Day.
This event will also be held at Maryland State Police Barracks throughout the state. Police Chief Chip Peterson announced that Rising Sun Police Department will also participate in this event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Each barrack/participating department will serve as a collection station giving citizens the opportunity to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family's medicine cabinet.