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As the heroin and opioid epidemic rages throughout the country, law enforcement agencies all over are working with local communities on safety and preventative measures for trying to cut down on overdoses and deaths. One such measure is the National Drug Take-Back Initiative, this Saturday, September 26th. Local agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit 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.

Bring your pills for disposal to one of the following local sites. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, the September 26 Take Back Day event, or to find a location not listed here, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control site.

  • Frederick Police Department
    • Harry Grove Stadium, 10 Stadium Drive, Frederick MD, 21703
  • Maryland State Police
    • MSP Hagerstown Barrack, Point of Contact: Lieutenant Woodward
    • 18345 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • Montgomery County Department of Police
    • 5th District Police Station
    • 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Department of Energy
    • 19901 Germantown Road, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Montgomery County Department of Police
    • 6th District Station
    • 45-A West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Montgomery County Department of Police
    • Montgomery County Dept. of Police HQ, District 1
    • 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Gaithersburg Police Department
    • 14 Fulks Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
  • Maryland State Police
    • MSP Rockville Barrack, Point of Contact: Lieutenant H.B. Martz
    • 7915 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20854
  • Maryland State Police
    • MSP Frederick Barrack, Point of Contact: Lieutenant Todd May
    • 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, MD 21701
  • Montgomery County Department of Police
    • 4th District Station
    • 2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
  • Montgomery County Department of Police
    • Friendship Heights Community Center, 2nd District – Chevy Chase
    • 4433 South Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
  • Chevy Chase Village Police Department
    • 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
  • Montgomery County Department of Police
    • 3rd District Station
    • 1002 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904
  • Laurel Police Department
    • 811 Fifth Street, Laurel, MD 20707
  • University of Maryland Police
    • Dept. of Public Safety, Point of Contact: Sgt. August D. Kenner #162
    • 5000 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20742
  • Maryland State Police
    • MSP College Park Barrack Q, Point of Contact: Lieutenant Sean Morris
    • 10100 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
  • Bladensburg Police Department
    • 4910 Tilden Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
    • Northern Collection Site, District I
    • 5000 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20784
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
    • Central Collection Site
    • 7600 Barlowe Road, Palmer Park, MD 20785
  • Prince George’s County Police Department
    • Southern Collection Site, District IV, PGPD
    • 5135 Indian Head Highway, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
  • Maryland State Police
    • MSP Westminster Barracks, Point of Contact: Lieutenant Patrick McCrory
    • 1100 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
    • The Town Mall of Westminster
    • 400 N. Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157