Thursday, May 10, 2012

PGPD Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Nets Record Amount Collected

Prince George’s County, Maryland …The Prince George’s County Police Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the second Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  The event took place at various district police stations which were used as collection points and accounted for a combined total of 244.45 pounds of prescription drugs.  The total is the largest amount collected since partnering with DEA for the program.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program offered the community an opportunity to surrender expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications.  Community members were able to take advantage of this free and anonymous service by dropping off their items at designated collection points located at the District I, District III, and District IV stations.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addressed a vital public safety and public health issue.  The D.E.A. cites studies that show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many citizens do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

For additional information, contact the Media Relations Division Office at (301) 772-4710.

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