SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico County Health Department announced its participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Health department officials said its disposal locations throughout the county will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They advise people to remove personal information from the container before dropping it off. According to the health department, safe disposal helps prevent drug misuse and abuse.
“We realized there was a need for stationary sites so that people could dispose of their unused and expired medications anonymously all year long. Due to the hard work and diligence of many, the county was able to launch the Prescription Medication Disposal program on August 30, 2012,” Lori Brewster, Health Officer for Wicomico County, said in a statement.
“This [effort] would not have occurred without the commitment of the Enforcement Agencies, Drug Free Wicomico, the Wicomico County Drug Abuse Task Force, Culver Enterprises, and the Wicomico County Health Department who are committed to reducing prescription drug abuse and increasing the safety of our citizens in Wicomico County. From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019, we have been able to get 7,281.70 pounds of prescription drugs off our streets due to this collaborative effort.”
More than just one day, the Wicomico County Health Department said there are 11 sites that have drug disposals throughout the year.
- Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office: (24 hours)
- Delmar Police Department: (M-F 7:30 am – 8:00 pm)
- Fruitland Police Department: (M-F 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)
- Salisbury Police Department: (24 hours)
- Maryland State Police Barracks: (24 hours)
- Apple Discount Drug: (M-F 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am – 7:00 pm)
- Peninsula Regional Medical Center: (Emergency Department Entrance-24 hours/2boxes)
- Mt. Hermon Discount Pharmacy: (M-F 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
- Pemberton Pharmacy: (M-F 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, Sat. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 4 pm
- Shayona Pharmacy (811 Priscilla Street, M-F 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am – 3 pm)
Only prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, vitamins, and pet medications are accepted.