The Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Kent County Behavioral Health and the Kent County Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition will sponsor a county-wide prescription drug roundup next month. It is the second year of the roundup due to the success of the first last year. Residents with unused or outdated prescription drugs can turn them in to a sheriff’s deputy for safe disposition. This prevents the drugs from being stolen and misused, especially by youth who take advantage of the easy availability of prescription drugs in medicine cabinets at friends’ and family members’ homes. Drugs are also a common target for burglars.
Times and locations for this year’s roundup: Rock Hall Firehouse, April 14, 4-6pm; Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, April 19, 12N-2pm; Heron Point Main Lobby, April 20, 12N-2 pm; Chestertown Firehouse, April 20, 4-6pm; Betterton Firehouse, April 21, 4-6pm; Galena Firehouse, April 22, 4-6pm; Millington Firehouse, April 23, 4-6pm.
Unwanted prescription or over-the-counter drugs also can be brought to the sheriff’s office at 104 Vickers Drive on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Drugs should not be given to anyone other than a uniformed deputy. Officials caution that flushing drugs down the toilet poses a hazard to fish and other wildlife. Authorities recommend against putting them into household trash unless they are mixed with used cat litter, coffee grounds, or some other substance that makes them unattractive to abusers. Drugs turned in to the sheriff’s office will be incinerated in an environmentally safe site, reducing them to water and CO2.