DEA Recognizes Harford County for Participation in Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Days

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From the Harford County Government Department of Community Services:

DEA Recognizes Harford County for Participation in Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Days

(Bel Air, MD) – – On January 17, 2012, Harford County Executive David R. Craig received an award from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Carl Kotowski, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Baltimore Office, for Harford County’s successful role in the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back days.

Over the past eighteen months Harford County has collected 3,750 pounds of unused or expired prescription medications for safe and proper disposal. “In the October 2011 Take Back initiative, Harford County ranked number one in total collection and participation,” Kotowski stated.

Through the continued support and hard work of more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, the DEA reports that events such as these have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.

Nationally, an estimated 6.2 million Americans over the age of 12 reported misusing prescription drugs. Locally over the past five years, 55% of the drug and alcohol overdose deaths of Harford County residents were related to prescription drug overdoses.

Commenting on the program, Harford County Executive David R.
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Craig stated, “We are dedicated to addressing the alarming rate of drug overdoses relating to prescription and over-the-counter medications. Each pill turned in represents a pill that will not get into the hands of someone who would abuse it.”

The next scheduled Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Harford County will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 from 10am-2pm at the County Administrative Offices parking lot, 220 South Main Street in Bel Air.

The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy coordinates the local events to address the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse. For more information about prescription drug abuse contact the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy at odcp@harfordcountymd.
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