Takoma Park Collects Over 300 Pounds of Medications on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Oct. 24, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Takoma Park police collected 301.4 pounds of medications, according to Chief Antonio DeVaul. The goal is to enable residents to prevent drug abuse and theft by providing them with a place to dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Although the day’s event has passed, both prescription and non-prescription drugs, patches, ointments, over the counter medicines, vitamins and pet medications can be placed throughout the year in a green Med-Return mailbox located in the lobby of the police department at 7500 Maple Avenue. Vape pens and other e-cigarettes with their batteries removed also can be dropped off.

Do not leave liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, needles, thermometers or regular household lotions.

Also located in the police department’s first floor lobby is a large box for clean, gently used warm coats of all sizes. The winter coat drive is being conducted in partnership with Adventist Community Services and the warm clothing will be donated to those in need.

Fresh off its successful prescription drug take back effort, the Takoma Park Police Department is now collecting winter coats, gloves and scarfs for the needy.

Collections of the coats as well as gently used mittens, gloves and scarves begins Nov. 2 and continues until Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.

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Suzanne Pollak

About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.

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