By: David M. Higgins II

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, April 27, 2019 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 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 420 pounds of prescription drugs.  The Maryland State Police have collected over 22,727 pounds.

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 clicking this link.

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 Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Charles County

The Board of County Commissioners would like to encourage all residents to participate in the National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27 by disposing of unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.  An additional drop-off location has been established for this day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles County Government Parking Lot (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).

Your participation in this program makes a difference.  The Charles County Drug Take Back program collected 111 pounds at the April and October 2018 Drug TakeBack Day.  Be a part of this safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of medications.

For additional locations, visit one of the pharmacies participating in the Drug Take Back Program: Family Meds, Inc., Hanson Pharmacy, High Street Discount Pharmacy, Indian Head Care Pharmacy, La Plata Pharmacy, Northgate Pharmacy, and MedSurg Pharmacy.

For additional information or questions about this collection site, contact the Citizen Response Team at or 301-645-0550.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

On Saturday, April 27, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will join the Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – a program held annually to encourage people with unwanted prescription medications to dispose of them safely and in a way that is environmentally friendly.  Although the CCSO offers residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications at any time, the Agency is promoting this national event to highlight the importance of ridding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.

Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, particularly among teens and young adults who often get the drugs from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet. “Removing unwanted or unused medications from homes is critical to the safety of those who might abuse them,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry. 

During the most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October, 2018, more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies participated nation-wide and collected 914,236 lbs. of medications.

To drop off unwanted medications, simply bring the medicines to any of the district stations: The Waldorf station is located at 3670 Leonardtown Road; the La Plata station is located at 6855 Crain Highway; and the Bryans Road station is located at 3095 Marshall Hall Road (lobby open to public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).  Prescription, non-prescription, pet medicines and vitamins are accepted, but they must be in tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage forms. Intravenous solutions and syringes are not accepted. For additional information, visit

St. Mary’s County

LEONARDTOWN, MD (April 16, 2019) – On Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092, will host a medication and sharps collection event for the community. This gives the public an opportunity to clear their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted medications and sharps (needles/syringes). The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.

Bring your prescription or over-the-counter medications and medical sharps for safe disposal to one of two locations:

  • Elks Lodge: 45779 Fire Dept. Lane in California
  • Sheriff’s Office Headquarters: 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown

In 2018, St. Mary’s County residents turned in nearly 1,462 pounds of prescription medications at community events and collection sites operated by the Sheriff’s Office. National Take Back Day events, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners, have taken in almost 11 million pounds—or 6,000 tons—of medications. Additionally, the Elks National Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. The Elks are committed to eliminating the illegal use of drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for the country, it is essential that children be raised in a drug-free environment.

This initiative addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, sometimes contributing to the opioid epidemic. Additionally, medical sharps that are not properly disposed of may expose your family, pets, local sanitation workers or emergency responders to needle stick injuries and potential infection. You can prevent injury, misuse and abuse of these substances, illness, and pollution by properly disposing of the medications, sharp objects and contaminated materials you use when administering health care at home.

For more information about the disposal of medical waste, prescription drugs and the April 27 Take Back Day event, visit:

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...