Attention Baltimore: It is National Poison Prevention Week! President John F. Kennedy declared the third week in March as Poison Prevention Week in 1962, in order to raise awareness about the extreme and sometimes fatal dangers of poisonings. Poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States. One of many critical aspects to poison prevention is the safe disposal of medications and substances.
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26), My Brother’s Keeper is here to teach you about safe medicine disposal in Baltimore and why it is important.
Why is Safe Medicine Disposal Important in Baltimore?
Did you know that heroin addiction commonly starts with the use/misuse of opioid painkillers? Safe medicine disposal is important in any location, but Baltimore residents should take extra precautions to make sure their medication does not end up in the wrong hands. Last month, President Obama announced a proposal to invest $1 billion of new funding to combat the epidemic of opioid and heroin use in America. Do your part to fight this epidemic in Baltimore, the city we know and love, by properly disposing of your unused or expired medications.
Where Can I Safely Dispose of Unused Medications in Baltimore?
Addicts and homeless people commonly rummage through garbage cans. Additionally, children and family members may snoop through your medicine cabinet at home and steal medications that appear unused. That is why throwing your unused or expired medications into the trash and putting it outside is simply not enough to prevent poisonings. If you are unable to safely dispose of your unused medications and must put them out with your usual garbage, do your best to remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds, cat litter, or dirt.
Baltimore City currently provides anonymous, safe, secure and environmentally friendly methods to dispose of medications through the use of prescription return boxes. You can safely dispose of your medications in Baltimore with no questions asked by placing them into one of the drug drop boxes available outside of the following Baltimore City Police Precincts:
- Central District: 500 E. Baltimore St. 21202, 410-396-2411
- Southeastern District: 5710 Eastern Avenue, 21224, 410-396- 2422
- Eastern District: 1620 Edison Highway, 21213, 410-396-2433
- Northeastern District: 1900 Argonne Drive, 21218, 410-396-2444
- Northern District: 2201 W. Cold Spring Lane, 21215, 410-396-2455
- Northwestern District: 5271 Reisterstown Rd., 21215, 410-396-2466
- Western District: 1034 N. Mount St. 21217, 410-396-2477
- Southwestern District: 424 Font Hill Ave 21223, 410-396-2488
- Southern District: 10 Cherry Hill Rd., 21225, 410-396-2499
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