Commissioner Billy Shreve came up with the idea to make sure drugs are safely disposed of.
The drop boxes are in Frederick, Middletown, Brunswick, and Thurmont. The box locks when the drugs are put it, and law enforcement empties them out.
"What we do with those is anyone who has prescription drugs in their home, they can bring them here, drop them off, and we'll incinerate them," Shreve said. "We want to keep them out of the hands of our children, keep them off the streets, keep them from being sold, and keep people from overdosing on them."
Shreve said heroin is a major epidemic in the county, and he believes much of that addiction starts with prescription drugs.
"We have a heroin epidemic in Frederick, and where people get started is in their parent's medicine cabinets," Shreve said. "It might not be your kids, but it is your neighbor's kids because one in four high school seniors has tried prescription drugs. That is a gateway drug to heroin."
The drop boxes cost about $1,000 each, and the county is looking for sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring one, you can contact Commissioner Shreve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can drop off your prescription drugs at the Middletown Municipal Center, 31 West Main Street in Middletown; the Frederick Law Enforcement Center, 110 Airport Drive East in Frederick; the Brunswick Police Department, 20 East A Street in Brunswick; and the Thurmont Police Department at 800 East Main Street in Thurmont.
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