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MoCo Police Agencies to Conduct Drug Take-Back Day

Several Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Drug Take-Back day on Saturday, Oct. 28 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Montgomery County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office will be participating in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 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 Oct. 28, there will be drop-off locations throughout Montgomery County. The 5th District will have officers at two locations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Oct. 28. The locations will be at the 5th District Station located at 20000 Aircraft Drive in Germantown and the other is the Damascus Library located at 9701 Main Street in Damascus.

The DEA is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. 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.

Disposing of drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise, unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

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.

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.

All the returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be destroyed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.