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MoCo Police Agencies to Participate in National Rx Drug Take-Back Day

April 27, 2018

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018. Aimed at providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, Drug Take Back Day is also for educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

   “On Saturday, all across our state, communities will be hosting Drug Take Back Day collections,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I urge Marylanders to take some time, clean out their medicine cabinets, and drop off their old and unused prescriptions.”

   Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS will participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; An Opportunity to Help Prevent Opioid Abuse by Safe Disposal of Unused Opioid Prescriptions.

   The 5th District’s location will be at the 5th District Station located at 20000 Aircraft Dr. Germantown. An officer will be on hand to between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

   Community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, as Montgomery County once again participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Understanding the prevalence of opioid overdoses and abuse, this event is a particularly important means for the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted opioid prescriptions and prevent their life-threatening abuse.

   These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in facility lobbies:

   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; Asbury Methodist Village Apartment Center Lobby  – 301 Odendhal Ave, Bldg. 405; Senior Living at Kentlands Manor – 217 Booth St., Kentlands; MCP 3rd District Station – 1002 Milestone Drive in Silver Spring; the MCP 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Road in Wheaton; Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriffs at Rockville City Police Station at 2 W. Montgomery Avenue (Lobby of Rockville City Police building), and Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack - 7915 Montrose Road; and Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington at 6125 Montrose Road; Chevy Chase Village Police Station at 5906 Connecticut Avenue; and the MCPD 2nd District Police Statio 4823 Rugby Avenue.

   “Often, we don’t know how risky it is to keep unused prescription drugs,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. “It’s also important to remember not to share medication – what works for you could be dangerous for others.”

   “National Drug Take Back Day reminds us of the importance of safely disposing our unused medications,” says Clay Stamp, executive director, Opioid Operational Command Center. “We’re working hard every day to encourage responsible prescribing, proper disposal, and to ensure that Marylanders understand the effects of taking these medications.”

   Residents are encouraged to bring 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 prescription 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.

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