REISTERSTOWN, MD – You know all the old prescription bottles you want to get rid of, but not forever? Near Owings Mills and Reisterstown, on April 28th, you can dispose of unused medication at various locations during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored drug withdrawal takes place twice a year instead of disposing of safely expired and unused prescriptions.
The majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including the medicine cabinet, according to the DEA.
Other methods of disposal – throwing unused medicines with the waste or flushing it down the toilet ̵
Local prescription drug disposal events take place at these locations around Owings Mills and Reisterstown:
- Franklin District, 606 Nikodemus Street, Reiststown, MD 21136
- Pikesville District, 215 Milford Mill Street, Pikesville, MD 21208
- Woodlawn District, 6424 Windsor Mill Road, G Wynn Oak, MD 21207
- Cockeysville District, 111 Wight Avenue, Cockeysville, MD 21030
- Hampstead Police Station, 1112 Main Street, Hampstead, MD 21074
More events will be held during the week added, so rest assuredto find a suitable place for drug evacuation.
Last fall, Americans turned out 912,305 pounds – or 456 tons – of potentially dangerous drugs, nearly 6 tons more than police at the Spring 2017 event. The amount of prescription drugs that the DEA has been collecting since autumn 2010 is 4,508 tonnes.
The yield always contains 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 information on the DEA drug withdrawal day
Where to get help for the addiction  People can find help with substance use disorders by visiting the treatment site on the website for managing substance abuse and mental health or call the Maryland Crisis hotline, which provides round the clock support at 1-800-422-0009.
There are local meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as Nar-Anon and Al-Anon for family members.
Marylanders dealing with drug use also find help with BeforeItsTooLateMD.org.
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