On Saturday, October 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs as Montgomery County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office are co-sponsoring the effort. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.
Drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout MontgomeryCounty. 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:
Montgomery County Police Department:
Asbury Methodist Village, Lobby of the Hefner Bldg. – 417 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington – 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville
Chevy Chase Village Police Station – 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase
Damascus Library – 9701 Main Street
Fire Station 1 – 8110 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Gaithersburg Police Station – 14 Fulks Corner Avenue
Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack – 7915 Montrose Road, Rockville
Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office – 2 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville
Senior Living at Kentlands Manor – 217 Booth Street, Gaithersburg
Takoma Park Police Department – 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, 20912
Village of Friendship Heights Community Center – 4433 S. Park Avenue
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.
All the returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be destroyed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
You may put medicine which is expired or no longer needed into the regular household trash.
Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary.
Do not dispose of medicine by pouring it down the drain or into a toilet, unless the label or patient instructions specifically advise this.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that a very small list of extremely powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances should be disposed by flushing them down the toilet if these drugs cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. View the current FDA list.
For additional information on how proper disposal of lots of common (and uncommon) materials, visit the DEP’s Division of Solid Waste Services website.