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Every Day is Take Back Day in Baltimore County

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, the Baltimore County Health Officer and Director of Health and Human Services, encourages residents to dispose of unused and expired medications at one of the ten designated drop-off locations throughout the County.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration has declared Saturday, October 27, 2018 as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and is encouraging the safe, convenient and responsible disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs. “Baltimore County is joining this national observance – and has established drug drop box locations throughout the county not just on October 27 but year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Dr. Branch. 

More than 70 percent of prescription drug abusers say that many of the drugs they use come directly from friends and relatives or from their medicine cabinets of friends and relatives. “I urge parents and guardians to take inventory of their medicine cabinet and secure all medications that are genuinely needed,” continued Dr. Branch. “When you don’t take the necessary precautions, your children or other family members could be one pill or teaspoon away from indulging in a prescription drug.”

The drug drop boxes are positioned at these ten police precinct locations throughout the county: 

  • Precinct 1 Wilkens - 901 Walker Avenue, 21228 
  • Precinct 2 Woodlawn - 6424 Windsor Mill Road, 21207
  • Precinct 3 Franklin - 606 Nicodemus Road, 21136 
  • Precinct 4 Pikesville - 215 Milford Mill Road, 21208
  • Precinct 6 Towson - 115 W. Susquehanna Avenue, 21204  
  • Precinct 7 Cockeysville - 111 Wight Avenue, 21030 
  • Precinct 8 Parkville - 8532 Old Harford Road, 21234
  • Precinct 9 White Marsh - 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236
  • Precinct 11 Essex - 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221 
  • Precinct 12 Dundalk – 428 Westham Way, 21224 

If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol, tobacco or drug (illegal or prescription) addiction, help is available. Call the Department of Health at 410-88-REACH (410-887-3224).


Drug Drop Boxes are Conveniently Located in all Baltimore County Police Precincts

You know how important it is to read the label on your prescription medication and to take it only as directed. But are you also aware of how important it is to properly dispose of medications that you are no longer using? Unused prescription drugs can find their way into the wrong hands – with dangerous and oftentimes tragic consequences.

To help bring attention to this crucial public safety and public health issue, the Baltimore County Department of Health is promoting the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day (Saturday, April 28, 2018) and are reminding county residents that there are Drug Drop Box Locations in police precincts throughout Baltimore County. While the national observance will occur on April 28, Baltimore residents are able to place their expired and unused prescriptions in drug drop boxes throughout the county year round - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs – the majority of which were obtained directly from family and friends or by having access to the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs and perhaps help prevent drug addiction and potential overdose deaths.

In addition to taking your unused medications to a drug drop box location, you may also dispose of them at home if no specific disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove the medicine from its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or used kitty litter.
  2. Place the mixture in a sealable bag or container to prevent medicine from leaking out.
  3. Place the sealed bag or container in with your household trash.

Don’t forget to scratch out all identifying information on the prescription drug container to make it unreadable. This will help to protect your identity and maintain the privacy of your personal health information. 

By Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D. 
Director of Health and Human Services


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017