Dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medicine safely. Old medicines in your home are a safety issue.

  • They can be swallowed by young children
  • They can make you a target for theft.

It is illegal and dangerous to share and take prescription medications that were not prescribed for you.

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Secure and seal your medicine to avoid misuse.

  • Store medicine in a cool, dry, locked and preferably cabinet, drawer or safe that cannot be moved.
  • Never leave medications unlocked when you are not home.
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Safely dispose of medication

Take your medications to a collection site for disposal.

  • Please do not bring needles for disposal as collection sites are unable to take them.
  • Remove personal information from original containers.

ACCEPTED ITEMS

  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Pet medication

 

NOT ACCEPTED

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Lotions, liquids or over-the-counter ointments
  • Medication from businesses or clinics
  • Thermometers
  • Use an at-home disposal product to safely destroy and discard medications.
  • Mix medications with a substance that cannot be ingested, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter, and throw them away.
  • Do not mix discarded medication with dirt or flush them down the toilet.
  • Getting rid of medication you no longer need is the safest thing to do.

Secure and seal your medicine to avoid misuse

  • Store medicine in a cool, dry, locked and preferably cabinet, drawer or safe that cannot be moved.
  • Never leave medications unlocked when you are not home.
 

Medication Disposal Locations
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Permanent Lockboxes:

Montgomery Count Police Department
7 days a week 24 hours a day

1st District Station
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

2nd District Station
4823 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

3rd District Station
1002 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904

4th District Station
2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton, MD  20902

5th District Station
20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD  20874

6th District Station
45 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg  20878

Gaithersburg Police Department
14 Fulks Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD
(in the lobby)
7 days a week 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Village Police Department
5906 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD
(hallway to the left of the lobby in Village Hall)
7 days a week 24 hours a day
City of Takoma Park Police Department
(1st floor lobby)
7 days a week 24 hours a day
Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack
7915 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
(first floor lobby)
7 days a week 24 hours a day
Brookville Pharmacy
5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 400, Chevy Chase, MD
Mon - Fri 8 a.m - 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.- 3 p.m
Walgreens
Store: #11140
1329 University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD
7 days a week 24 hours a day
Village Green Apothecary
5415 W. Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD
(medications given to the pharmacist)
CVS Locations
9920 Key West Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
7 days a week 24 hours a day
3110 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832
(Shoppes At Olney, Route 108)
7 days a week 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Medstar Pharmacy
18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney

Rite Aid Locations
662 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg

10134 River Rd., Potomac