The Ocean City Police Department, in partnership with the Assateague Coastal Trust, Berlin Police Department, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Worcester County Health Department will be participating in “Operation Medicine Drop,” a one day medication take-back effort to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

“Operation Medicine Drop is a bi-annual Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) federal program in conjunction with state and local law enforcement to encourage citizens to properly dispose of their prescription drugs,” commented Chief Bernadette DiPino. “The objective is to get unwanted, unused and expired prescription medication out of people’s cabinets and off of the streets.”

The Maryland Executive Board Members of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has hailed this effort as a success in keeping unwanted and unused prescription drugs out of the hands of persons who shouldn’t have them as well as out of Maryland coastal bays and waterways.  Citizens are urged to not flush their medication or throw them away.  Disposing of medication properly prevents the medication from entering waterways and landfills.

There will be six drop off locations in WorcesterCounty: Ocean City Public Safety Building, 6501 Coastal Hwy,OceanCity, Food Lion, Rt. 611,WestOceanCity, Berlin Police Department, 10 Williams St., Food Lion, Manklin Creek Rd, Ocean Pines, Worcester County Health Dept., Public Landing Rd., Snow Hill, Pocomoke Health Center, 400-A Walnut St.

This program was considered a success last October, yielding over 100 pounds of prescription medication in Worcester County.   The program is free and confidential.  If you have any questions, please contact the OCPD Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6665.