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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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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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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.
7955 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD 20854
7 days a week 24 hours a day
19100 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD
7 days a week 24 hours a day
3715 University Boulevard, Kensington, MD 20895
7 days a week 24 hours a day
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