GLEN BURNIE, Md. (April 25, 2022) -- Customers heading to a Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Glen Burnie branch office Saturday, April 30, will be able to discard any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs as the agency participates in the 22nd annual Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
As an agency focused on the safety of the public, MDOT MVA is committed to getting drugs out of the hands of vulnerable people and assisting those struggling with addiction to help keep our roadways and citizens safe. The opioid epidemic and the abuse of prescription drugs is a major issue affecting communities throughout Maryland and the nation, with prescription drugs ranking second to marijuana as the most common form of substance use in the U.S. According to the DEA, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends, and the home medicine cabinet.
Unused prescription drugs that are simply thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold, and unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Properly disposing of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs saves lives and protects the environment. MDOT MVA is pleased to offer this alternative, and encourages citizens to use this convenient and responsible method to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.
WHEN:Saturday, April 30, 202210 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE:MDOT MVA Glen Burnie Branch OfficeBuilding A6601 Ritchie HighwayGlen Burnie, MD 21062
Beyond National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are other opportunities to regularly and safely dispose of unneeded medications at pharmacies, hospitals, police departments and businesses. All 23 Maryland State Police Barracks are equipped with secure drug collection boxes and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for unused medication drop off. To locate other drop box locations, click here.
To learn more about Maryland’s initiative to combat opioid addiction visit: beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov.