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Montgomery County Police Want You to Participate in “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”

Montgomery County health officials and the Montgomery County Police Department urge residents to drop off expired, used or unwanted prescription drugs in Rockville and Bethesda on Saturday, September 25, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

            Drop-off locations will be at the following locations:

  • Montgomery County Police Headquarters, 2350 Research Boulevard, Rockville
  • Second District Police Station,7359 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda

            Collection hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each location.  Look for police officers with collection boxes in the parking lots.

            “Getting rid of unwanted and unused prescription medicine is important so that children don’t have access to them and so that adults aren’t taking out-of-date medication,” said Dr. Ulder J. Tillman, County health officer.

            A recent national survey on drug use and health shows prescription medicines to be the most abused by Americans other than marijuana.  Seven of the10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are prescription drugs.  Almost three-fourths of teen prescription drug abusers get the drugs from family and friends, with the home medicine cabinet a major source.

            The proper disposal of drugs is not only a law enforcement issue; it is also an environmental issue on a local and national level.  There is growing concern about the potential impact of pharmaceuticals that reach rivers and streams. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to investigate whether such contamination adversely impacts human health or aquatic life. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission can provide additional information on the impact of prescription drugs on water quality.