SALISBURY, Md.-- Police in Wicomico County are fighting prescription drug abuse from Fruitland to Delmar. The county participates in drug take backs two times year, where old medicines can be collected and properly disposed. Now, they are making it easier to get rid of prescription drugs anytime.
Permanent drop boxes will be installed around the county to collect un-needed prescription drugs. The drop boxes are located at the Salisbury, Fruitland, and Delmar police stations, as well as the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said prescription drugs are the most widely abused drug on the Eastern Shore. "We handle dozens of calls every single year, where homes are being broken into exclusively for the purpose of stealing medication out of medicine cabinets," said Lewis.
After the drugs are collected, they are disposed properly. John Culver of Culver Enterprises does that on Delmarva. He said prescription drugs end up in our landfills and can contaminate ground water.
"We put them in a container and we take them to a disposal site, the disposal site is 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it burns waste, we can go there anytime day or night to get rid of waste," said Culver.
Officials said to take advantage of the disposal service, remove personal information off the original container, and discard. The process is meant to be simple, no questions asked and no paper work.