St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to Offer Medication Collection at Annual Health Fair

October 16, 2014

smcso-badge-264x300The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will offer a prescription collection service at the annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness on Friday, October 24 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The service will allow residents to safely dispose of unused and expired medications in an eco-friendly manner. Toxins from drugs disposed of into landfills or down toilets and sinks, can potentially pollute the environment and pose other health hazards.

All non-prescription over the counter medications, prescription medications and pet medications, in addition to pills, liquids, ointments and lotions will also be accepted. Unfortunately syringes, inhalers of drugs in aerosol canisters or chemotherapy drugs, either in IV liquid or oral form, will not be accepted. Information will also be available relating to Prescription Medications and opiates.

“We really encourage people in the community to dispose of medications properly. Failing to dispose of medications properly will not only damage the environment, but can also make you a target for crime, said Captain Daniel Alioto, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Vice Narcotics Division.

“Not only will we collect expired medications, we will also have deputies educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. We are making this a priority by offering this service at the Health Fair, in addition to the 24/7 drop-off location at the Sheriff’s Office. We hope to expand this service to those in the community with a moderate or severe disability that prevents them from disposing of their medications at our 24/7 disposal in the future,” said Captain Alioto.

Medication collection will be offered at the annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness on Friday, October 24 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, Hollywood, MD from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Health Fair will offer activities, screenings & exhibits aimed at promoting health and wellness—for all ages. No pre-registration is required and admission is free.

For more information, contact Jennifer Stone at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073, visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging or like us on our Facebook page, keyword: Way to Wellness.