Drug Take Back Day Hailed As ‘Huge Success’ In Frederick County

About 454 pounds of unwanted medications were collected.

Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Health Department is reporting that last month’s “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” was a “huge success.” Officials say 253 residents turned in a total of 454.6-pounds of unwanted medications, and about 9,860 sharps, or syringes..

“The disposal event was a huge success as illustrated by the number of both syringes and prescription medications collected during the four-hour event,” says Nate Smith, Opioid Misuse Prevention Program Coordinator.
“Furthermore, it was as great opportunity for outreach to the community. A huge thanks to Frederick County residents who both participated, and offered warm words of appreciation to the staff of the Health Department, Maryland State Police and the Frederick Police Department who worked the event. It was great to see our collaborative efforts be both effective and appreciated in equal measure.”

The “take back” day took place on Saturday, October 23rd. It was sponsored by the Frederick County Health Department in partnership with the Maryland State Police and the Frederick Police Department.

For those who were not able to attend the “Drug Take Back Day,:” and have medications they wish to dispose, the Health Department has drop boxes around the county. Where they are located be found at health.freederickcoutnymd.gov?OMPP. Numerous pharmacies around the county also have drop boxes for unwanted medications.

The Health Department says information on syringe disposal is available  at its website.

By Kevin McManus