Safely dispose of leftover medications at one of a series of mobile take-back days at fire houses across Talbot County this month.
Proper disposal of leftover medications – especially opioids, can greatly reduce the risk of accidental poisonings, misuse, abuse and overdose. Research shows that most teens who misuse or abuse prescription medications took them from the family medicine cabinet. And generally, more than 70% of people who abuse these medications get them from friends or family.
The preferred method for disposing of unused, unwanted, expired or otherwise unneeded medications is at a drug drop box. Second best is with a medication disposal bag, such as Deterra. And last resort is at home, but never in the toilet!
As part of Talbot Goes Purple, there are four upcoming mobile take-back events, including one today, Sept. 16, in St. Michaels. These are all from noon until 2 p.m. (outside) local fire houses. Deputies also will have free Deterra bags and storage solutions available.
The events are as follows:
Sept. 16, 12-2, St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Company, 1001 S. Talbot St.
Sept. 22, 12-2, Cordova Volunteer Fire Company, 11864 Kittys Corner Road
Sept. 23, 12-2, Oxford Volunteer Fire Company, 300 Oxford Road
Sept. 24, 12-2, Easton Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Aurora Park Drive
In addition to medication disposal, Beth Williams from the Talbot County Health Department, will provide on-site Narcan trainings, plus free doses, at each event. Masks are required.
Along with this month’s mobile initiative, there are three, year-round, drop box locations in Talbot County:
• Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, 28712 Glebe Road, Suite 1, Easton. Accepts medications 24 hours/day.
• Maryland State Police Barracks “I”, 7053 Ocean Gateway, Easton. Accepts medications 24 hours/day.
• Oxford Police Department, 101 Market St., Oxford. Hours: 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency twice each year sponsors take back days, in April and in October, in communities across the nation. Many communities have their own take back programs. This year, due to the pandemic, the April events did not happen. The October event is slotted to occur Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Check with local law enforcement agencies for locations.
If you cannot get to one of three drop box locations in Talbot County, and cannot access a medication disposal bag such as Deterra, you may safely dispose of medications at home as follows:
• Remove the medications from their original containers.
• Conceal or remove any personal information, and Rx info, from the label with a sharpie, duct tape or by scratching it off.
• Mix with undesirable substance like coffee grounds of kitty litter
• Put the mixture into an empty can or sealable bag.
• Throw away.
(Drug disposal guidelines from the Office of National Drug Control Policy)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions against flushing medications unless specifically on their flush list and only if a drop box isn’t an option. Medications on that list, including Fentanyl, are especially lethal with just one dose.
Talbot Goes Purple is an educational and awareness prevention program that empowers our youth and our community to “Go Purple” as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. The purpose of the program is to promote the “new conversation” – one that includes prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarettes. TGP focuses on educating students about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and works toward preventing kids from beginning to use these substances in the first place.
An initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Saints Peter & Paul School and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Talbot Goes Purple empowers our youth and our community to “Go Purple” as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.
Talbot Goes Purple is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.