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This fall‘s Take Back Day — which coincides with the DEA’s nationwide Take Back Day — is a chance for Montgomery County residents to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications and dispose of them easily in a safe, environmentally friendly way. Ridding medicine cabinets of these medications is an important step in combatting the opioid and heroin epidemic, which often begins with prescription medicines taken from a home medicine cabinet. It is also a way to make sure our water supply remains safe and healthy by keeping unwanted medicines from being flushed into the water supply or disposed of through trash collections.
At the spring 2017 Take Back Day in Montgomery County, a record 7,204.4 pounds were collected. That success comes after a record 2016 when nearly 12,000 pounds or six tons of unwanted or expired medications were collected. These numbers are from both unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications collected that day through resident drop-offs as well as the amounts collected by police departments through their permanent prescription drug disposal boxes. More than 35,000 pounds of medicine has been collected since the program began in 2010.
Please visit the Montgomery County District Attorney's website for a list of other drop off locations and instructions.