Tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in National Drug Take Back Day. Members of the community were provided an opportunity to dispose of any unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs from their homes at UMPD Headquarters. The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
On September 29th, 2012, UMPD and DEA collected 18 pounds of pharmaceuticals from community members. On Maryland Day this year, UMPD and DEA collected 75 pounds of pharmaceutical from community members. On October 26th, 2013, UMPD and DEA collected 14 pounds of pharmaceuticals this year that will be disposed of properly. Thank you for participating and doing your part of preventing prescription abuse and not contaminating the drinking water supply.
[Courtesy of University of Maryland Police Department]