Several Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Drug Take-Back day on Saturday, May 2 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. This initiative is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.
On May 2, there will be nine drop-off locations throughout Montgomery County, in Germantown, the location will be at District Five Police Station at 20000 Aircraft Drive.
All locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of the take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in their lobbies:
The Montgomery County law enforcement community is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.
Drugs should only be thrown in the trash if safety precautions are followed to prevent them from being ingested by an animal or person. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions.
- Crush pills or tablets and mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust.
- Liquid medications can be solidified by mixing with kitty litter or sawdust.
- Put the medicine mixture into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent any leakage.
- Carefully seal the bag and/or container.
- Put the container and/or bag containing the medication mixture into your regular household trash.
- Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
- Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in the County recycling bins.
Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
All the returned medications on the Drug Take-Back Days will be incinerated by the Montgomery County law enforcement agencies according to state and local regulations.
Other location include; MCP 1st District Station – 100 Edison Park Road in Gaithersburg, MCP 6th District Station – 45A West Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg Police Station -14 Fulks Corner Ave. in Gaithersburg, MCP 3rd District Station – 1002 Milestone Drive in Silver Spring, Takoma Park Police Station in the Takoma Park Community Center Building Lobby – 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park; and the MCP 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Road in Wheaton.