Annapolis Fire Department Message

Annapolis Fire Department

Fire Chief

David L. Stokes, Sr.

Contact Person:

Firefighter 1/C Ken White
Phone: 410-263-7975

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Mayor Gavin Buckley and the Annapolis Fire Department
encourages Medication and Poison Safety

For immediate release
March 1, 2018

In an effort to further help the community to keep home safety a priority, The Annapolis Fire Department would like to offer some basic measures to take when securing medication in the home. Fire Chief David L. Stokes says "There are times when prescription medication go unfinished and are not discarded properly. When this occurs, there is a danger of prescription medications being used by someone other than the Patient." 

Two thirds of teens reported to have abused prescription medication, have gotten them from their family members, friends or acquaintances. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2016-2017 report, more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses relating to illicit and prescription drug use. 20,000 of those overdose deaths were related to opioids. With the growing cases of medication abuse and accidental overdoses, it is wise to take these few steps to prevent this in the home. 
  • Monitor and be aware of what medicine is in the home whether over-the-counter or prescribed.

  • Keep track of the quantity of pills of your prescription and also your children’s prescriptions.

  • Secure prescription medicine in a place other than the medicine cabinet. This is extremely important especially for when you have visitors to your home both young and old. Keeping those medication secure will ensure that no one, except you, will have access to your medication.

Medication Disposal Drop Box

The Annapolis Police Department has a medication drop off box located in the front lobby of the police department at 199 Taylor Avenue. This drop off box was funded through the Anne Arundel Department of Health's Opioid Misuse Prevention Program. Check with your local Police or Health department for the nearest medication disposal drop box.

The drop box is open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding holidays.

The Annapolis Police Department
199 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

We accept controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances.

Do not bring:
  • Illicit Substances (marijuana, heroin, etc.)
  • Injectables
  • Intravenous Solutions
  • Liquids
  • Syringes
To help prevent unauthorized refills and protect your privacy, remove any personal information from bottles or packaging before throwing away.
Remember, your prescription medication can be poisonous if taken the wrong way, by the wrong person and in the wrong amount.

What you need to know about Emergency actions for poisonings
Poison on the skin: Remove contaminated clothing and flood skin with water for 10 minutes. Then wash gently with soap and water and rinse.
Poison in the eye: Flood the eye with lukewarm (not hot) water poured from a large glass 2 or 3 inches from the eye or from the faucet or shower. Repeat this for 15 minutes. Have victim blink as much as possible while flooding the eye. Do not force the eyelid open.
Inhaled Poison: Avoid breathing fumes and immediately get the victim to fresh air. Open doors and windows wide. If victim is not breathing, start artificial respiration.
Swallowed Poison: If the victim is unconscious, having seizures or having difficulty breathing, call 911 right away. Otherwise, give the victim a small amount of water.
After performing any emergency actions, call the Maryland Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

When calling the poison center, be ready to provide:  
  • Symptoms
  • Name and phone number 
  • Age and weight of victim
  • Name of product and ingredients
  • Amount of product involved 
  • Time of incident 
  • Any first aid measures already performed

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Adult Addiction Program is offering free training and a free naloxone kit  to community members on the use of intranasal naloxone, a prescription medicine to reverse an opioid overdose and prevent death. 

For more information on those courses visit the Anne Arundel County Department of health at

For More information on medication and poison safety follow the links below.

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