Baltimore (April 27, 2011) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) encourages Marylanders to take advantage of National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, by disposing of unwanted and unused prescription drugs at a designated take back site in order to help reduce the potential supply of these drugs for non-medical use.
Prescription drug take-back programs help address a vital public safety and public health issue by providing sites where individuals can safely dispose of unused or unwanted prescription medications.
Drug take-back sites are available around the state. Visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ to find a site near you.
Between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of prescription drug-related admissions to Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration-funded treatment programs nearly doubled, accounting for about 1 in 5 admissions in 2010. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens nationwide use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
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