As part of a national effort to combat prescription drug abuse, Montgomery County law enforcement and health and human service agencies are inviting residents to drop off unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs on April 28 at several locations in the county.

Sixteen drop-off locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only, according to a press release from Montgomery County police.

The agencies are sponsoring the collection as part of the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is “a safe, free and anonymous opportunity” and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse, particularly the abuse of opioids, the release said.

A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs and “a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet,” according to the DEA website.

Officials advise that unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed in a toilet unless a prescription label or information says it’s OK to do so. Also, drugs should not be thrown out unless safety precautions are taken.                              

All locations will accept pills and medication patches. Prescription labels should be removed if possible or personal information should be blacked out. All drugs that are collected will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines, according to officials.

Police officers will staff the following drop-off locations, which are open to the public:

  • Bethesda—2nd District Police Station at 4823 Rugby Ave.;


  • Chevy Chase—Village of Friendship Heights Community Center at 4433 S. Park Ave.; Chevy Chase Village Police Station at 5906 Connecticut Ave.;


  • Gaithersburg—6th District Police Station at 45A West Watkins Mill Road; Gaithersburg Police Station at 14 Fulks Corner Ave.; Asbury Methodist Village (in the apartment center lobby) at 301 Odendhal Ave., Building 405; Senior Living at Kentlands Manor at 217 Booth St., Kentlands;


  • Germantown—5th District Police Station at 20000 Aircraft Drive;


  • Rockville—Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriffs at Rockville City Police Station, 2 W. Montgomery Ave. (lobby of Rockville City Police building); Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack at 7915 Montrose Road; Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington at 6125 Montrose Road;


  • Silver Spring—3rd District Police Station at 1001 Milestone Drive; Fire Station 1 at 8110 Georgia Ave.;


  • Takoma Park—Takoma Park Police in the lobby of the Takoma Park City Building at 7500 Maple Ave.; and


  • Wheaton—4th District Police Station at 2300 Randolph Road.