Health Department Supports October 29th National Prescription Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating the 23rd National Drug Take-Back Initiative across the United States on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

In support of this event, the Garrett County Health Department is reminding everyone that the county has three permanent medication drop box locations, including Oakland City Hall, Garrett County Sherriff’s Office, and the Maryland State Police Barracks in McHenry. These locations accept tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs but not liquids, syringes, and other sharps or illegal drugs.

According to the Washington Division of the DEA, the misuse of unused medications has become a significant public safety issue in our area, leading to accidental poisonings, abuse, and many overdoses. The take-back event provides an opportunity for everyone to dispose of unwanted medications in a safe way and remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our communities, keep our local families safe, and reduce the number of drug overdoses across the area.

“Safeguarding your medications is important even if you don’t have children in your home,” said Sadie Liller, Prevention Coordinator at the Garrett County Health Department. “Protect everyone who may be in and out of your home, like pet sitters, repairmen, and family and friends, by getting unneeded medications out of the house.”

“Another way to get rid of medication is to put wet coffee grounds or wet kitty litter into a plastic bag, mix in the medication, seal it up, and throw it into your household trash,” Liller said. “It’s that simple. This is one crisis we have the power to control.”

The Health Department also has Deterra medication disposal pouches available at their office. The pouches use patented technology for simple and environmentally safe disposal of prescription drugs by adding water to the powder in the bag. The mixture neutralizes the drugs, making it safe to dispose of the entire pouch and its contents in your regular household trash.

For more information, call 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111. This program is provided by the Garrett County Health Department through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration.