Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PGPD to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

This Saturday, 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 on Saturday. 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. 

 PGPD collection locations:  

*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, September 26, 2015

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 2014, this national effort resulted in the collection of more than 300 tons of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for safe and proper disposal.

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