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Large quantities of prescription medications were collected during the Sept. 29 Prescription Drug National Take Back Day.

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored program, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

The Calvert County Department of Parks and Recreation hosted three collection sites at the Mount Hope, Northeast and Southern community centers for citizens to drop off unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications. Advertising and awareness efforts conducted by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, through the Prescription Drug Abuse Abatement Committee, contributed to the day’s success, the press release states. Large quantities of prescription medications were collected at the community centers, sheriff’s office, MSP barrack and Asbury-Solomons Retirement Community.

“Prescription drug abuse is a national problem, and Calvert County is experiencing its share of it,” said Sheriff Mike Evans (R) in a written statement. “As a community, we are working together to overcome prescription drug abuse and its related effects. Through events like the National Take Back Day, the 24-hour drop box at the sheriff’s office, and the efforts of PDAAC, we are making a difference, and will not stop until we have overcome this problem.”

KATIE FITZPATRICK