National Drug Take Back Day Oct 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                 CONTACT:  Jennifer Johnson                                                                                                                            (410) 219-3947 (Office)(410) 251-5379 (Cell)

NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

SATURDAY OCTOBER 23, 2021

(10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.)

(October 18, 2021, Salisbury, MD) The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7million Americans misused pain relievers. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.  Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic.  This event provides the opportunity to dispose of unused/expired prescription medications in a safe manner across the country.   Last year on October 24, 2020, the public turned in a record 985,392 pounds – almost 493 tons – of medication to DEA and 4,153 of its community partners at 4,587 collection sites nationwide, including 33 Bureau of Indian Affairs sites.

According to the American Medical Association, there has been an increase in opioid and other drug related overdoses during COVID- 19 pandemic, for that reason it’s important to dispose of unused/expired medications properly.

The following prescription drug drop off sites are available in Wicomico County:

  • Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office 8:00-5:00 (M-F)
  • Delmar Police 8:00-5:00 (M-F)
  • Fruitland Police 8:00-4:00 (M-F)
  • Salisbury Police 24 hours
  • Maryland State Police Barracks 24 hours
  • Apple Discount Drug (Fruitland) 8-8 (M-F) Saturday 9-7
  • Apple Discount Drugs 1210 Nanticoke Rd. 8-8 (M-F) Saturday 9-7
  • Tidal Health 24 hours
  • Hermon Discount Drug 8-7 (M-F) Saturday 9-5
  • Pemberton Pharmacy 8-7 (M-F) Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5
  • Shayona Pharmacy 9-7 (M-F) Saturday 9-3

TidalHealth is pleased to provide Deterra bags to any community member who would like one. Please stop by:

  • Outside the Emergency Department at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury on Wednesday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Patient dropoff area outside main entrance at TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford on Thursday, October 21 from 9 am to noon.

The Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System is independently tested and scientifically proven to destroy drugs for good. The patented, easy-to-use drug disposal system can be used at home or in a clinical setting to safely destroy unused or expired medications, making them unavailable for misuse and safe for disposal in the normal trash.

For more information or to get involved in the effort to reduce prescription drug use/abuse in Wicomico County, please contact Takeisha Collins @ takeishsa.collins@maryland,gov  and Gwen Garland at gwenn.garland@peninsula.org for more information on Deterra bags.

 

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