Charles County Launches New Drug Take-back Effort

LA PLATA, Md. (AP) — Officials are launching a new program in Charles County aimed at making it easier for residents to dispose of over-the-counter or prescription medications.

The program will allow residents to dispose of unwanted medication in receptacles at six independent pharmacies through the county. Previously, the only chance to get rid of medication was at yearly drug take-back events.

Officials hope the program will make it harder for drugs to get into the hands of addicts. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford says in a statement that it’s another tool in the state’s fight against the heroin epidemic.

The program is being supported by a $20,215 state grant.

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