Law Enforcement Agencies Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 27
Gaithersburg Police Station to Serve as a Take Back Location
On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your unused medications for disposal to:
Chevy Chase Village Police Drug Take Back Location
5906 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase
Gaithersburg City Police Take Back Location
14 Fulks Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg
Maryland State Police
7915 Montrose Rd, Rockville
Montgomery County Police Drug Take-Back Locations
1st District (Rockville) Station – 1451 Seven Locks Road, Rockville
2nd District (Bethesda) Station – 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda
3rd District (Silver Spring) Station – 801 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring
4th District (Wheaton) Station – 2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton
5th District (Germantown) Station – 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown
6th District (Gaithersburg) Station – 45 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg
Rockville City Police Drug Take Back Location
New Rockville City Police Building Lobby – #2B W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville
Takoma Park Police Drug Take Back Location
Takoma Park Community Center Lobby – 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards to our water supply.
Four days after the first take back event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of the controlled substances of their residents in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies such as those listed in this release will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Press Release