Ocean City Police Continue to Collect Pounds of Unwanted Prescriptions During the DEA Sponsored “Operation Drug Take-Back”

During the weekend of September 29, 2012, the Ocean City Police Department as well as other area law enforcement agencies in Worcester County participated in the bi-annual Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) “Drug-Take-Back” program as part of the Fall National Drug Take Back Day.

The bi-annual event, which last took place in the spring 2012, is a federal program which unites the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) with state and local law enforcement to encourage citizens to properly dispose of their prescription drugs.

In the spring of 2011, “Operation Medicine Drop” yielded 26.5-pounds of medicine at the Ocean City location. Last week, Ocean City citizens deposited over 14-pounds of assorted unwanted prescription drugs in the Ocean City Police“Prescription Medicine Drop Box.” Together with other Worcester County agencies over 174-pounds of prescription drugs were recovered for disposal.

The late September event has resulted in Worcester County’s “Operation Medicine Drop” partner agencies and groups recovering approximately 379-pounds of unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications. Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering our waterways and landfills.

The OCPD would like to thank everyone who participated in helping to properly dispose of the unwanted and/or unused drugs.

If anyone would like additional information regarding the safe and secure disposal of unwanted prescription medication, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at: 410-723-6665. Citizens who wish to dispose of their unwanted medications can deposit the items at the OCPD drop box located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, 6501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland.