CECIL COUNTY – People who want to discard their expired and unwanted prescription drugs will have more than half a…
CECIL COUNTY – People who want to discard their expired and unwanted prescription drugs will have more than half a dozen places throughout Cecil County to do it Saturday, which is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Retained in April and again in October each year, the one-day event is focused on promoting awareness of the dangers of discontinuing and unwanted prescription drugs, especially analgesics, according to Ken Collins, Head of Cecil County Health Department & # 39; s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center.
However, the overall goal is to free the households from the expired and unwanted prescription drugs ̵
1; eliminating the possibility that they may fall into hidden hands, he reported. Collins noted that according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, four out of five new heroin users reported using non-opioid prescription before using heroin.
“Prescription Opio Use is a risk factor for heroin use,” said Collins to Cecil Whig, adding that “avoiding unnecessary medications is a preventative opportunity. This is an attempt that can help prevent new substance users and future overdoses. We want people to be part of the solution. Safe disposal of unnecessary and discontinued drugs is a way to be part of the solution. “
From October 10th, 517 heroin overdose had been reported in Cecil County since 1 January – and 48 of them were mortal according to Ray Lynn, this county’s heroine coordinator.
In October of October, a total of 199 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at Cecil County, which marked an increase of 34 percent compared to the 144 pounds collected in the October 2016 Drug Take Back Day recipe, according to statistics provided by Collins.
Participation as drop-off sites from 10:00 to 2:00 pm Saturday is the Cecil County Sheriff Office, located at 107 Chesapeake Blvd, Suite 112, in Elkton; Elkton Police Department, located at 100 Railroad Ave .; Maryland State Police North East Barrack, located at 2433 W. Pulaski Highway; Maryland State Police JFK Highway Barrack, located at 15 Turnpike Drive in Perryville; North East Police Department, located at 104 W. Cecil Ave., Perryville Police Department, located at 2 Perryville Town Center Drive; and the repeating sun police department, located at 1 E. Main St.
Hypodermic needles, liquid drugs and illegal or “street” drugs can not be released at the places emphasized by law officials and county officials.
Most of the sites will be manned by officers, who will monitor the departures and answer questions that citizens may prove to have.
“I’ll be there personally” said NEPD Chief Darrell Hamilton and added that the event plays an important role in public safety and prevention of drugs.
PPD Chief Allen Miller reported that his agency collected about 10 pounds unwanted or unused prescription drugs in October in October, which is a typical prescription prescription drug that takes back day for his department. All prescription drugs gathered in Perryville and elsewhere throughout the county are burned, he said.
According to RSPD Chief Frances “Chip” Peterson, “It is normal that about 40 pounds (unwanted or unused prescription drugs) were released at our station (during the two-year events).”
PPD and RSPD are two of the seven The sites in Cecil County, which have permanent prescription drug shutdown containers, look like mailboxes seen along sidewalks, Collins reported. The list of addresses for all seven permanent drug containers can be found on the county healthcare resource website: RewriteYourScript.org, according to Collins.
“There is in our lobby 24/7, 365”, CCSO Lt James Greene said, referring to the permanent delivery box at the Sheriff’s Office, where it is supervised by the Customs Officer. “Every quarter we take about 20-25 pounds of prescription drugs.”
Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman, reported that residents often use the permanent delivery box in his department hall.
“We have had a daily solution box for several years now. We check it every week, and it fills up quite quickly – so people definitely use it.” The public seems to understand the importance of safely getting rid of these types of drugs, “said Zurolo.
Law enforcement officers agreed that although the collection of unwanted or unused prescription drugs occurs all year to seven permanent locations in Cecil County, the fanfare given to the National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, justifies residents to take action and raise awareness about the need to get rid of prescription drugs.
Although technically not part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, members of the Cecil County Drug Free Community Coalition will attend the Cecilton Trunk or Treat event from 18:00 to 8 pm Tuesday, October 30 at Cecilton Carnival Fairgrounds, according to Collins. The Trunk or Treat, sponsored by Cecilton Elementary School, was originally scheduled for Friday, October 26th, but was postponed due to the transitory storm. Collins noted that a part of CCDFCC’s intention that night will also be to spread awareness and provide resources.
In addition to giving out candy, resource information and drug free cecil donors, coalition members will distribute free Deterra Drug Deactivation System bags to help families safely dispense unused or discontinued prescription drugs at home, Collins reported. The DDDS bags contain chemicals that quickly, safely and conveniently disintegrate prescription drugs placed inside them, he explained.