Get rid of your unused medications this weekend
The Drug Enforcement Agency is giving people a way this weekend to get rid of all the drugs that have been sitting in their medicine cabinets unused.
The federal agency is hosting its National Take Back Initiative where people can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications safely at sites around the country.
The agency hopes this will help reduce the number of prescription drug poisonings, misuse, abuse and theft. The program also provides an environmentally safe disposal method.
It is the third drop-off the DEA has held since 2010. Nearly, 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies have participated, collecting more than 309 tons of medication.
Howard County has released its drop off sites, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Here are the sites:
Northern District Police Station, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
Southern District Police Station, 11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel
Harper’s Choice Police Satellite Office, 5485 Harper’s Farm Road, Columbia
Long Reach Police Satellite Office, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia
North Laurel Police Satellite Office, 9105 All Saints Road, Laurel
Owen Brown Police Satellite Office, 7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
Oakland Mills Police Satellite Office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia
Wilde Lake Police Satellite Office, 10451 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia
Controlled and non-controlled prescriptions will be accepted. Over-the-counter medication will also be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectable medications and syringes cannot be accepted.