On Saturday morning at the Rockville Police station parking lot, old medications were dropped off for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day. This is one of the many police stations across the country that participated in the movement to help combat drug overdose and prevelance in the area.
Statistically, 6 million Americans abuse or misuse old, expire and unwanted medication, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
National Drug Take Back Day is an opportunity to make the community safer said Rockville Corporal Kenneth Matney,
“Right now is an opiod epidemic. There is a lot of people fighting to get these drugs from people who legitamtely need them. They get them and then we see overdoses and stolen bottles from people making reports,” Rockville Corporal Matney explained.
One of the main concerns for Nancy Brooks, who was dropping off her expired medication today, was that her grandchildren might get a hold of that medication. “I want my kids to be safe…” she said. She added that the National Take Back Drug day made her feel safer.