AAMC installs two medication disposal drop boxes
AAMC has installed two medication disposal drop boxes for staff and community members to safely dispose of unused or expired medications.
The new drop boxes can be found at:
- – MedPark Professional Pharmacy: Sajak Pavilion, Suite 170
- – Arnold Professional Pharmacy: 1460 Ritchie Highway, Arnold 21012
Protect your loved ones. From little curious fingers to self-medicating teenagers, keep your loved ones safe. According to the 2017 Behavioral Youth Risk Assessment, the percentage of Anne Arundel County’s youth reporting taking a prescription drugs without a prescription is higher than the percentage of overall state youth. Safe disposal of unwanted medication is something you can do today to help fight the opioid epidemic.
Protect the bay. Sewage treatment plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals from our wastewater. Numerous studies have shown an increase in adverse effects in fish found downstream from wastewater treatment plants; adverse effects such as intersex fish (both male and female characteristics) and decrease population of male fish, presumably due to exposure of estrogen and endocrine disruptors, as well as high concentrations of antidepressants in the fishes’ brain tissue.
The new containers can accept controlled and non-controlled medications in pills, tablets, capsules, as well as ointments, creams, lotions, and powders. There must be no more than four ounces of liquid medication, and the liquids must be in original containers, wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag. Aerosol spray cans, needles, syringes, and home-based medical equipment supplies are not accepted.
For additional medication disposal drop box locations, including drop boxes for home healthcare lancets, needles and syringes, visit the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website, www.aahealth.org.