Unused, expired prescriptions to be collected on Drug Take Back Day

CHESTERTOWN — The Chestertown Police Department and Kent County Behavioral Health’s Prevention Office are participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27.

At the downtown Farmers Market on High Street, from 8 a.m. to noon, Chestertown police officers will be on-site to collect unused or expired prescription medications, which pose a serious public safety issue if they are not disposed of properly.

Items that can be dropped off include unwanted medications, vitamins and supplements.

Vape pens, inhalers, sharps and needles will not be accepted.

This program is anonymous; no questions asked, no identification required.

Also available on Saturday will be free educational materials along with free disposal and storage solutions, like Deterra bags, from Kent County Behavioral Health’s Prevention Office.

Deterra bags allow for medication disposal right at home, without endangering the environment.

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 general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

It’s an annual collection event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which also sponsors a collection event each October.

In addition to this year’s Take Back Day initiative, Kent County has three 24-hour prescription drug drop-off locations: Chestertown Police Department, 601 High St.; Kent County Sheriff’s Office, 104 Vickers Drive, Unit B, Chestertown; and Rock Hall Police Department, 21447 Rock Hall Ave.

For more information about medication storage and disposal, and about substance use prevention, visit www.kentcountyprevention.org.

National Drug Take Back Day is an annual collection event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which also sponsors a collection event each October.

For more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, see www.dea.gov/takebackday.

 

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