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UMPD, DEA to Host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

By Maryland Today Staff

The University of Maryland Police Department in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) welcomes Terps to participate in the 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30.

During this event, which takes place on Maryland Day, members of the community can safely dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs at the Pocomoke Building, 7965 Baltimore Ave. This service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

It and other collection sites will accept tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other “sharps,” and illicit drugs will not be accepted. The DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges, provided that their lithium batteries are removed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, a record 106,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending November 2021, with opioid-related deaths accounting for 75% of all overdose deaths.

Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its 2010 inception.

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