Gaithersburg Police Department Participates in Prescription Drug Take Back, September 27

 

Date: September 27, 2014drug_take_back_day

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 the Gaithersburg Police Department and other allied law enforcement agencies, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give residents 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 the Gaithersburg Police Station located at 14 Fulks Corner Avenue between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No liquids or syringes will be accepted. The service is free, anonymous, and there will be no questions asked.

 

There are 11 drop-off locations in Montgomery County. Others in the Gaithersburg area include Montgomery County’s 1st District Police Station at 100 Edison Park Drive and the 6th District Police Station at 45-A West Watkins Mill Road. In addition, since June of 2014 a Prescription Drop Box has been available in the Gaithersburg Police Department lobby, accessible throughout the year from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Drug Take Back 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.

Gaithersburg Police Station
14 Fulks Corner Avenue
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-2066

For more information please visit the DEA website athttp://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.