EASTON — Once again, Maryland State Police urge Maryland residents to clean out their medicine cabinets, and gather up and dispose of outdated, expired and no longer useful prescription drugs at the end of this month.

National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday Oct. 26, aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to get rid of prescription medication in your home, while also educating the public on the potential for abuse of those medications.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency as the Maryland State Police join other law enforcement agencies across the nation for this effort.

All Maryland State Police barracks are 24 hours a day, seven days a week drop-off locations for old and unused medications. Secure drug collection boxes, in the front lobby of each barracks, are accessible and in view of the barracks duty officer.

Since 2014, thanks to this effort, state police barracks have collected more than 20,000 pounds of unwanted medications that could have gotten into the wrong hands or could have ended up contaminating rivers and streams.

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