Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PGPD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

The Prince George’s County Police Department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The effort is part of the “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative.”

The PGPD will have three collection locations.  The medications do not need to be in their original packaging.  We will not be able to accept liquids, aerosol based medication or needles/injectable pens. This collection service is free and anonymous. 

*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

When:   Saturday, October 26, 2013

Time:    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  The DEA cites studies which 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.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

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