Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PGPD to Partner with DEA for Second Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April

Prince George’s County Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department will be participating in a nationwide initiative seeking to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. On Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., the Prince George’s County Police Department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.

The Prince George’s County Police Department will have three collection points across the County to include:

• District I Station at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville

• District III Station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park

• District IV Station at 5135 Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The D.E.A. cites studies that show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet. In addition, many citizens do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

This event will offer the opportunity for the community to surrender any expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information, contact the Community Services Division at (301) 909-7126 or go to .

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