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

Health Department says more than 400 pounds of medications were turned in.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – During National Prescription Drug Take Back Day more than two weeks ago, 408 pounds of medications and 9,565 sharps were collected at two locations in Frederick County.  That’s according to the County Health Department which says 198 residents came out that day, April 30th, 2022.

The Health Department worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maryland State Police to host the event. Residents were able to drop off their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications at the Law Enforcement Center on Airport Drive, or the parking lot of the former Trinity School on New Design Road.

“With the help of the DEA and staff from the Behavioral Health Services Division of the Frederick County Health Department, the disposal event was a huge success,” says Nate  Smith, Opioid Misuse Prevention Program Coordinator, in a statement. “Special thanks to our Frederick community who took time out of a beautiful Saturday afternoon to responsibly dispose of medications and sharps to keep our community sate.”

For those who missed this drug take back day event, they can drop off their unwanted medications at any State Police Barrack in Maryland, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The Frederick County State Polio Barrack is located at 110 Airport Drive.

By Kevin McManus