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October 25, 2011

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.

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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