Thanks to Your Efforts!

In 2020, 970.61 lbs of expired and unused medications were collected and removed from Allegany County!

DISPOSING OF MEDICATIONS

It is important to properly dispose of old or unused medication. You should not throw old medications into the garbage, and NEVER give your old or unused medication to another person. Medication drop off locations are available all across Allegany County for convenient, easy and safe disposal of medications.

PERMANENT MEDICATION DROP-OFF SITES

A SAFE PLACE TO DISPOSE OF UNUSED OR EXPIRED MEDICINES.

Allegany County Sheriff’s Office

695 Kelly Rd • Cumberland • Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm

 

Cumberland City Police Department

20 Bedford St • Cumberland • Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm

 

Frostburg City Police Department

37 Broadway St • Frostburg • 24 hours a day

 

Maryland State Police Department

1125 National Highway • Lavale • 24 hours a day

 

Frostburg State University Police

Frost Avenue • Frostburg • 24 hours a day

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TIPS TO STAY SAFE AND SECURE

  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • Do not share prescription medications with others.
  • Do not combine prescription painkillers with alcohol and/or other drugs.
  • Lock medications out of the reach of children.
  • Dispose of old or unused medications timely, at approved drop off locations around the county.

MYTHS vs. FACTS

Myth: The best way to protect children from accidental poisoning is to throw medicines in the trash.

Fact: Throwing unwanted medicines in the household trash does not ensure that curious kids can’t get at them. There’s an epidemic of accidental poisonings from medicines in our homes – and children are the most common victims. Also, pets and animals are not deterred by kitty litter or other substances when getting into the trash, and can potentially ingest the unused medicines.  Human medications are the leading cause of pet poisonings, most often from trash-related toxic exposures.  source:  takebackyourmeds.org

 

Myth: I do not need to safely store medications because I live alone.

Fact: The biggest reason to keep a medicine lock box in your home is to help protect the people you love from accidents and misuse that can lead to addiction. Even if you live alone, you want to consider who visits you.  Relatives and friends may bring teenagers and their friends for a visit.  Perhaps you have a pre-teen relative who may be curious about using a medication to get high.  A grandchild or another small child or toddler visits and their curiosity could lead to a fatal mistake. A lock box is the right solution to help keep them safe from harm.  Source: safelockrx.com

 

Myth: None of my medications are addictive, so I do not need to drop off my expired or unused medications at a drop off site.

Fact: The over-the-counter medications you use when you have a cough, cold, or the sniffles may be exactly what your teenager is using to get high. More than half of all OTC cough and cold medications contain dextromethorphan (DXM). And at least 1 in every 10 teenagers has reportedly taken medications containing DXM in large amounts to get high. The dangers of DXM taken in high amounts include overdose and even death. Locking up over-the-counter medications as well as disposing of them properly when they expire, can help deter teenage experimentation, and prevent younger children from accidentally overdosing on cough and cold medications. source: safelockrx.com

 

Myth: I do not have to safely store my medications because only adults live here.

Fact: In fact, most people who misuse medications get them from their friends or family members. Therefore, it is very important to practice safe medication storage within your home. Secure medications in lockboxes or cabinets located in high places that are difficult for children to reach. If you have medications in your house that you no longer need, take them to a drug drop box to dispose of them safely. source: Rx Disposal

 

SPONSORED BY THE ALLEGANY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT,

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

(301) 759-5050

12501-12503 Willowbrook Road, PO Box 1745

Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745

OUR MISSION: Prescribe Change Allegany County’s mission is to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County,
Maryland about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs, and heroin misuse and abuse in our community.