Lt. R. J. Williams, commander of the La Plata district station, helps collect unused medications during National Take-Back Medication Day.
Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said nearly 80 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired medications were collected on Saturday, April 26 as part of the National Take-Back Medications Day sponsored by local law enforcement agencies and the DEA. “Unused medicines left inside medicine cabinets can be dangerous because they can get into the hands of people who might abuse them and prescription drug abusers often commit other crimes such as theft and burglary. Getting rid of unused medicines can be tricky because they can be toxic to the environment if they are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash,” said Sheriff Coffey. “We have large, secure metal boxes at our Waldorf and La Plata stations in which people can bring the medicines in at anytime and throw them away safely,” Sheriff Coffey said.
Since 2010, the CCSO has disposed of more than 200 pounds of unused prescriptions and other medicines. For more information about the CCSO medication disposal program, visit www.ccso.us. For additional information about the DEA drug take back initiative, follow this link to the DEA’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit ccso.us.