BEL AIR, MD – You know all the old prescription bottles you want to get rid of, but not forever? In Bel Air, on April 28th, you can dispose of unused medication at various locations during the National Day for the withdrawal of prescription medicines.
Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the drug-recall event is held twice a year to help Americans safely with expired and unused prescriptions.
The majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends from the medicine cabinet, according to the DEA
Other methods of disposal – throwing unused drugs with the trash or flushing them in the toilet ̵
Local drug order incidents happen at these locations around Bel Air:
- Maryland State Police Bel Air Shack, 4101 Belair Road, Bel Air, MD 21014
- Harford County Sheriff's Office, 220 South Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014  More events will be added during the week. So be sure to search for a suitable location here.
People can always dispose of unwanted medicines at the Bel Air Police Department  Related : Bel Air Police Department Receives Drug Dropoff Box
Last fall, Americans turned in record 912.305 pounds – or 456 tons – of potentially dangerous drugs, nearly 6 tons more than collected at the event in the spring of 2017. That brings in 4,508 tonnes of prescription drugs that the DEA has been collecting since fall 2010.
Contained are always higher amounts of opioids, according to the DEA. Although these highly addictive drugs are prescribed for pain relief, they can be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and adolescents. The use of opioids was declared a public health emergency by President Donald Trump.
Often, the path to addiction to illicit drugs like heroin in a doctor's office begins with a prescription of opioids
"The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the country's opioid epidemic, leading to the highest rate of overdose deaths has ever seen this country, "said DEA-acting administrator Robert W. Patterson in a statement. "This is a crisis that needs to be looked at from multiple angles – educating the public and removing these medicines from households in the United States prevents abuse where it often starts."
In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 overdose deaths by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths from overdose were five times higher in 1999 than in 1999 in 2016, the last year for which statistics are available.
But not only opioids are dangerous. Expired prescription medicines may be less effective or risky over time due to changes in the chemical composition. Some expired medicines are at risk of bacterial growth, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Expired antibiotics could not treat infections, which could lead to more serious diseases and antibiotic resistance, according to the DEA.
More about the DEA Drug Detox Day
Where to Get Help for Addiction
Those who wish to receive addiction treatment are advised to contact Addiction Connections Resource below 443-417-7810. The Jarrettsville-based non-profit organization helps people find options for help, from therapists to halfway houses to treatment centers.
There are Narcotics Anonymous and Anonymous Anonymous Meetings on-site, and Nar-Anon and Al-Anon for Family Members] Individuals may also use the Treatment Finder on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services website or call the Maryland Crisis Hotline, which is around to provide the clock support at 1-800-422-0009. Marylanders gracing an addiction disorder can also find help with BeforeItsTooLateMD.org
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