Free, safe drug disposal offered statewide in Maryland on Saturday
Program designed to help the environment, prevent theft or misuse of drugs
Expired and unwanted prescription pills, tablets and capsules will be accepted for proper disposal Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at designated sites in Maryland and other states, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's first "Drug Take-back Day."
Throwing drugs in the trash and flushing them down the toilet poses safety and environmental hazards. Keeping drugs that are no longer wanted or effective creates a potential for theft or misuse.
Across Maryland at about 60 locations, in or near most communities the medications will be accepted at no charge and no questions will be asked, according to an announcement issued by the DEA.
Most of the locations are city or county police or sheriff's offices.
Injectables, needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted.
To find the nearest collection site, go to www.dea.gov or click here.
Research to date has not found a human health risk from "extremely low levels" of pharmaceuticals that have been found in WSSC's drinking water, according to a statement from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which provides water and sewer services to 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
But WSSC officials said they urge residents to take advantage of "turn-in" programs such as this.