Drug take-back yields more than 200 pounds
May 5, 2014
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - In honor of National Drug Take-Back Day, the APG Army Substance Abuse Program and the Directorate of Emergency Services turned in over 200 pounds of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to the Drug Enforcement Agency in Bel Air April 26.
The medications were turned in by members of the APG community April 21-25 at different drop off locations.
"I want to thank the community and the command group for supporting this extremely important safety program," said ASAP Prevention Coordinator Cindy Scott.
Scott said the purpose of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is to provide the public with an opportunity to prevent abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Scott thanked Detective Mark Keller, who stepped in as the DES drug take-back point of contact. Scott was present during the three one-time drop-off events and delivered six large trash bags of drugs to the DEA for proper and safe disposal.
During the drug take-back events at the C4ISR Campus, ATEC Headquarters and the APG South Express, ASAP staff handed out information about suicide prevention awareness, medication safety and alcohol abuse prevention. In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, staff members provided free alcohol screenings with details about individual alcohol usage. Screening results will be compiled to help ASAP determine the needs of the community.
In addition to the one-time drop- off events, community members also had the option of dropping their medications off at Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic and post police stations throughout the week.
Scott added that Maryland State Police Barrack D, 1401 Bel Air Road in Bel Air has a permanent collection box for RX and OTC drugs. This box allows people to drop off medications at any time, no questions asked. For more information, call 410-879-2101.
The next APG drug take-back event will be in October, on a date to be determined. For more information, call Scott at 410-278-4013, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.