County Police Collecting Expired, Unused Drugs on Saturday

Montgomery County police departments want your expired or unused drugs.

As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, police departments have set up collection sites in an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft.

Montgomery County has collection boxes in the lobbies of each of the six police district stations. They accept prescription drugs, vitamins, prescription ointments, pet medications, prescription patches and over the counter medications.

Not accepted are needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions and liquids and hydrogen peroxide.

The Gaithersburg Police Department, 14 Fulks Corner Avenue, also is accepting these items between 10 a.m. and  2 p.m. on April 30. A prescription drop box also is accessible in the lobby daily from 8 a.m. to 9.m.

Rockville City Police also in participating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its headquarters at 2 West Montgomery Avenue.

Residents can drop off those same medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at the collection box at the Takoma Park Police Department, 7500 Maple Avenue. Also accepted there are vape pens and other e-cigarette devices after the batteries are removed.

By giving unused and expired medications to police, the chances of abuse and misuse are diminished. Disposing of these medicines by flushing them down the toilet or placing them in the trash could hurt the water supply.

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