Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 16, 2017

Nat’l Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs as Montgomery County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office are co-sponsoring the effort. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

Drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in facility lobbies:

Bethesda

MCP 2nd District Police Station                                     7359 Wisconsin Avenue


Chevy Chase:

Village of Friendship Heights Community Center            4433 S. Park Avenue

Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                 5906 Connecticut Avenue


Damascus

Damascus Library                                                             9701 Main Street


Gaithersburg:

MCP 6th District Station                                                  45A West Watkins Mill Rd. 

Gaithersburg Police Station                                              14 Fulks Corner Avenue

Asbury Methodist Village – Lobby of Hefner Bldg.            417 Russell Avenue

Senior Living at Kentlands Manor                                      217 Booth St., Kentlands


Germantown:

MCP 5th District Station                                                    20000 Aircraft Drive


Rockville:

Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriffs            Rockville City Police Station     2 W. Montgomery Avenue (Lobby of Rockville City Police building)

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack                            7915 Montrose Road

Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington                                                                         6125 Montrose Road


Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station                                                    1001 Milestone Drive

Fire Station 1                                                                       8110 Georgia Avenue


Takoma Park:

Takoma Park Police at Takoma Park City Building Lobby  7500 Maple Avenue


Wheaton:

MCP 4th District Station                                                 2300 Randolph Road                                                                      


Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed. Disposing of prescription drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  2. Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  3. Seal the bag and/or container.
  4. Crush pills or tablets.
  5. Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  6. Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  7. Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

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Concern For Missing Gaithersburg Man – Silver Alert Initiated

Young Shik Han

Update: October 16, 2017 – Young Shik Han was located in his vehicle by Calvert County Sheriff deputies this morning. He is safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the 6th District are asking the public for assistance in locating a missing Gaithersburg man.  Maryland State Police have also issued a Silver Alert for him.

Young Shik Han was with family members at 5:30 p.m. this evening at Seneca Creek State Park located at 11950 Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.  Han stated he needed to use the restroom and entered his vehicle to drive to that part of the park but never returned.  Family members believe that Han may be in the initial stages dementia.

Young Shik Han is described as 69-year-old Asian male.  He is 5′ 6″ tall and weighs 130 pounds.  He has brown eyes and grey hair.  He was last seen wearing a purple shirt, a black jacket, light blue pants, and glasses.

Most importantly, Han is thought to be operating a dark red Honda Pilot with Maryland tags, 6CJ8753.  This vehicle was seen in the area of Addison and Ronald Roads in Capitol Heights at approximately  9:00 p.m. this evening.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Young Shik Han or the dark red Honda Pilot is urged to call 9-1-1.

This photograph is a representation and is not the actual Honda Pilot.

PRS

Chief Manger Announces New Acting Assistant Chief and New District Commanders

Chief Manger has announced the following promotion and transfers:

Acting Assistant Chief – Captain Laura Lanham

Chief Manger has announced that effective October 1, Captain Laura Lanham, former Commander of the 4th District, is acting Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau.  Captain Lanham has been nominated by the County Executive to be an Assistant Chief of Police.  Her nomination has been sent to the County Council for confirmation.  The date of the confirmation hearing has not been finalized.

Captain Laura Lanham, Acting Assistant Chief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth District Commander – Captain Marc Yamada

Chief Manger has announced that effective October 15, Captain Marc Yamada, former Director of the Community Engagement Division, will be the Commander of the Fourth District.

Captain Marc Yamada, Commander of the Fourth District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second District Commander – Captain Paul Liquorie

Chief Manger has announced that effective October 15, Captain Paul Liquorie, former Director of the Special Investigations Division, will be the Commander of the Second District.

Captain David Falcinelli, the current Commander of the Second District, will take the role of Duty Commander.

Captain Paul Liquorie, Commander of the Second District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the Commanders of the other four police districts will remain in their positions.

Wheaton GameStop Robbery Investigated; Composite Sketch Released

Composite sketch of suspect #2 in Wheaton GameStop armed robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the October 3 armed robbery of a GameStop store in Wheaton.  Today, investigators are releasing a composite sketch of one of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on Tuesday, October 3 at approximately 8:50 p.m., two suspects, one armed with a handgun, entered the GameStop store located at 11147 Veirs Mill Road.  The first suspect confronted a store employee and demanded cash from the store’s safe.

After stealing money from the safe, the first suspect then forced the first store employee into the office where the second suspect brought the second employee. The two suspects then stole property from the store and fled from the back door of the business.

The first suspect is described as an African-American male who is 5’ 7” tall and heavy set.  He was wearing a black jacket, black pants, and was armed with a handgun.

The second suspect is described as an African-American male who is 6’ 2” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

RLG

Concern for Missing Cloverly Area Juvenile

Sean Taylor Bryant

Update: October 13, 2017 – Sean Taylor Bryant was located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Cloverly area juvenile.

Sean Taylor Bryant, age 17, was last seen by family members when he left his Snider Lane residence at approximately 7:00 a.m. yesterday morning (October 10) to attend school.  Sean reportedly attended his first two classes at Paint Branch High School located at 14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville but has not been seen since.

Sean Taylor Bryant is described as a white male, who is 5’10” tall and weighs 160 pounds.  He has short brown hair and brown eyes.  Sean was last seen wearing a black, short sleeve Pittsburgh Steelers shirt, black pants, and white Nike tennis shoes.  Detectives believe that Sean is driving a 2010 grey Toyota Corolla with Maryland tag: 3DB8990.

Police and family are concerned for Sean’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Sean Taylor Bryant or the grey Toyota Corolla is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

RLG