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Prescription, OTC Drug Take Back program rolled out in Carroll County

MOUNT CARROLL – Six more drop boxes to collect unwanted or outdated prescription and over-the-counter drugs will soon be available throughout Carroll County, thanks to the efforts of the Carroll County Substance Education Coalition.

Carol Geary, Drug Free Communities Grant project director with CCSEC, said the organization was awarded fundingto initiate its “Count It, Lock It, Drop It” campaign. 

“We want to work with our communities to make it easier for people to dispose of these unused drugs in an environmentally safe way, rather than flushing them down the toilet. Our public water supplies will be free from contamination,” Geary said.

“The drop boxes will also help to ensure a healthy, safe, and substance-free community, keeping these drugs off the street and out of the hands of youth and adults who may abuse them, as well as protecting elderly adults who may be vulnerable by holding on to these substances.”

The medication disposal boxes were purchased under the Drug Free Communities Grant awarded to CCSEC for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

With the assistance of local law enforcement, CCSEC is responsible for closely monitoring the boxes and will follow Drug Enforcement Agency storage and disposal guidelines and recommendations. Community police will transport the collected materials to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at least twice a year.

Through 2015, more than 400 pounds of unwanted, unused medications were collected at the drop box located at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, then delivered to and incinerated by the DEA.

Contact Geary at the Carroll County Substance Education Coalition, 114 W. Market St. in downtown Mount Carroll, email ccsec04@gmail.com, or 815-244-0063 for more information. 

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