The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at state police barracks.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Locally during past initiatives, Troopers have collected over 415 pounds of prescription drugs. The Maryland State Police have collected over 20,834 pounds and all agencies across Maryland have combined to remove over 118,753 pounds of prescription medications from circulation.

As part of Maryland’s combined effort to reduce opioid abuse, Maryland State Police barracks across the state have become around-the-clock drop-off locations for unused prescription medications. All 23 Maryland State Police barracks are now equipped with secure drug collection boxes and available around-the-clock for unused medication drop off. No questions will be asked when deposits are made. Citizens can locate the closest Maryland State Police barrack by visiting:

The Maryland State Police is a partner in the Opioid Operational Command Center, which facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and its deadly impact on Maryland communities.Before It’s Too Lateis the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery.

County Police Locations participating:

Anne Arundel County:

Police Headquarters
8495 Veterans Highway
Millersville, Md. 21108

Northern DistrictEastern District
939 Hammonds Lane 204 Pasadena Road
Baltimore, Md. 21225 Pasadena, Md. 21122
(410) 222-6135 (410) 222-6145

Western DistrictSouthern District
8273 Telegraph Road 35 Stepneys Lane
Odenton, Md. 21113 Edgewater, Md. 21037
(410) 222-6155 (410) 222-1961

St. Mary’s County:

The public may dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted medications and syringes from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the following locations:

  • Elks Lodge #2092 at 45779 Fire Department Lane in California
  • St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown

The Southern Maryland Chronicle will add more locations in the region if they become known. At this time, these are the only locations we have been informed of. 

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...