For Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Wright, QAC Drug-Free Coalition
Oct. 5, 2018 443-480-4949
Annual Prescription Round-Up
Rx Round-Up is Oct. 23, Oct. 25, and Oct. 26, 2018 in QAC
Queen Anne’s County residents can safely dispose of their unused and/or expired medications at five sites in Oct. The Annual Rx Round-Up days are:
Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Sudlersville Senior Center, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Grasonville Senior
Center and from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Kent Island Senior Center;
Thursday Oct. 25, 2018 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department;
Friday October 26, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Kent Island Elks Lodge.
Residents can drop off unused and/or expired Rx medications at the QAC Office of the Sheriff in Centreville 24/7 and at the MD State Police Centreville Barrack 24/7 year around. No questions asked!
The collections are sponsored and supported by the Drug-Free Queen Anne’s Coalition, the QAC Office of the Sheriff, the MD State Police Centreville Barracks, and the Kent Island Elks. Local law enforcement officers will collect and destroy expired/unused prescription medications in accordance with Drug Enforcement Administration regulations.
Did you know? (National Institute on Drug Abuse and Communities That Care Survey)
- About 5% of QAC high school students have tried heroin.
- More than 7% of Mid-Shore high school students have tried heroin at least once.
- Every day, 2,500 teens abuse a prescription (opioids) painkiller for the first time.
- About 75% of teens say they can easily get prescription (opioids) painkillers from a parent’s medicine cabinet.
- 65 percent of people misusing prescription painkillers get them from friends or family.
- 4 out of 5 heroin users started with recreational use of prescription (opioids) painkillers.
- Overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in people younger than 50.
- Prescription painkillers are killing more people than car accidents and homicides combined.
- Prescription (opioids) painkillers are in the same class of drugs as heroin.
- Prescription (opioids) painkiller dependency (addiction) can happen at recommended doses.
- Opioid substance use disorder is a chronic brain disease.
Improperly disposed prescription drugs have been linked to drug abuse and pollution of the nation’s waterways. Save the environment and protect our children by disposing of medications properly!
Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about the annual Rx Round-Up. Help the Drug–Free Coalition to raise awareness about this national public health initiative about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Visit the www.facebook.com/qacdfc and like us. Also visit QACGoesPurple.org.