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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National Coffee With A Cop Day is Wednesday, October 4 – Come Meet Your Local Officers

National Coffee With A Cop Day is Wednesday, October 4.  The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) invites residents to join us for coffee and conversation on October 4 at any of the locations below.  At these events, there are no meeting agendas or planned speeches.  Feel free to ask questions, discuss concerns, and get to know your police officers.

National Coffee With A Cop Day, MCPD Events – Wednesday, October 4:

First District

  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Dunkin’ Donuts, 15180 Frederick Road, Rockville

Second District

  • “Movie With A Cop” – 10:00 am, ArcLight Cinemas located at Westfield Montgomery Mall (above the food court area), 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda

Third District

  • 7:00 am – 10:00 am, Kaldi’s Coffee House, 918 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring

Fourth District

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton

 

  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Ana G. Mendez University, 11006 Veirs Mill Road (Westfield Wheaton Mall near Party City), Wheaton

Fifth District

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Starbucks, 20934 Frederick Road, Germantown (Neelsville Village Center adjacent to the Milestone Shopping Center)

Sixth District

  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am, Chick-fil-A, 104 Main Street, Kentlands

 

  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Panera Bread, 598 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg

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2017 National Night Out Events

The 2017 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, August 1. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts and to enhance police and community relations. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many communities celebrate with a variety of events to help neighbors get to know one another and to build community spirit. This will be the 34th year of National Night Out observances that demonstrate a community’s commitment to keep their neighborhood free from crime.

The following communities have provided their respective itinerary of events to the Montgomery County Police Department as of 7/20/17:

1st District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Montgomery County Recreation Department Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd.; 7 – 9 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Rockcrest/Rockland communities outside at 1106 Claggett Dr.; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
  2. Twinbrook Swimming Pool at 13027 Atlantic Ave.; 6 – 9 p.m.
  3. David Scull Community Center/Park at 1133 1st St.; 5 p.m. – no specified end time

2nd District:

Community Events:

  1. Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills/Rock Creek communities – held at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Rd.: approx. 6 – 8 p.m.
  2. Scotland community in Potomac at the intersection of Seven Locks Rd. and Scotland Dr.; approx. 6 – 8 p.m.
  3. Wyngate Elementary School at 9300 Wadsworth Dr.; 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

3rd District:

Open to the Public:

  1. East County Regional Services Center at 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd.; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Long Branch community at CASA Multicultural Center at 8151 15th Ave., Hyattsville; time TBD
  2. Forest Estates at General Getty Park at 10000 Woodland Dr.; 6 – 8 p.m.
  3. South Four Corners at South Four Corners Park (near the playground), 900 Forest Glen Rd.; 7 – 8 p.m.
  4. McKenney Hills / Carroll Knolls at McKenney Hills Park (end of Brunswick Ave. at park) 2515 Hayden Dr.; 6 – 9 p.m.
  5. Hillandale community at West Hillandale Swim Club at 915 Schindler Dr.; 5 – 7 p.m.
  6. Fairland Estates Civic Assoc.at 13600 block of Colefair Rd.; 5 – 7 p.m.
  7. Tanglewood Apartments Community Room at 9002 Manchester Rd.; 5 – 7 p.m.
  8. Sligo Branview community, location and time TBD

4th District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Olney Community at the Fair Hill Plaza shopping center – 18169 Town Center Dr. in the area of the Harris Teeter parking lot; 5 to 8 p.m.

Community Events:

  1. Bel Pre Community at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center 2004 Queensguard Rd.; 5 to 8 p.m.
  2. Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association, 11105 Foxglove Lane; 7 to 9 p.m.

5th District:

Community Events:

  1. Germantown Park near community pool, 18400 Cinnamon Drive; 5 – 7 p.m.
  2. Hamptons community near community pool, 19757 Crystal Rock Dr.; 5 – 7 p.m.
  3. Damascus Gardens near community pool, 9829 Bethesda Church Rd.; 6 – 8 p.m.

6th District:

Open to the Public:

  1. Upper County Community Recreation Center at 8201 Emory Grove Rd.; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Community Events: 

  1. Walnut Hill community at Washington Grove Elementary School, 8712 Oakmont St.; 6 – 8 p.m.
  2. Saybrooke community at the community pool, 702 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd.; 6 – 10 p.m.
  3. Flower Hill community at 8100 Mountain Laurel Ln.; 6 – 9 p.m.
  4. Montgomery Meadows community at the Travis Park playground, 391 Travis Ave.; 5 – 9 p.m.
  5. Quince Orchard Park community, 500 Highland Ridge Ave,; 5 – 9 p.m.

Additional National Night Out events in the County have been coordinated with other area police departments serving Montgomery County.

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Media Advisory: 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp Graduation

WHAT:
The media is invited to attend the special graduation ceremony for the approximately 35 campers (3rd through 5th graders) who have participated in this week’s 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp.
The camp is a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Police, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Linkages to Learning program. The young campers have had opportunities to learn more about the work of police officers, as well as participating in character-building activities, sports, crafts, and field trips.

WHEN:
Friday, June 30, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Maryvale Elementary School                                                                                            1000 First Street, Rockville, MD 20850

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Montgomery County Police 1st District Holds 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp

2016 Adventure Campers with a K-9 team

Montgomery County Police (MCP) 1st District officers and civilian staff will hold their tenth annual Police Adventure Camp. The week-long camp, held this year from Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, will take place at Maryvale Elementary School located at 1000 1st Street in Rockville.

The camp, serving approximately 35 campers, is a partnership between the police department, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Linkages to Learning program.

The day-camping experience will provide the 3rd- through 5th-grade campers with a unique opportunity to better understand the work of police officers, but also allow the campers to get to know some of the officers in supportive and mentoring roles. The campers will receive guidance in conflict resolution, team work and good-decision making.

Presentations will be provided by the 1st District Traffic Squad, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and members of the MCP Volunteer Section. The campers will also see demonstrations by MCP Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers and K-9 teams.

Camp attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Public Safety Headquarters and the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, as well as spend a day exploring Port Discovery in Baltimore.

Police Adventure Camp teaches young people that they can have a positive impact on their community, that their decisions matter, and that police care about them. During the camp, officers and non-sworn staff try to make a positive difference in the life of each child that attends the camp. The camp concludes with a special graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon.

The first annual Police Adventure Camp was held at Veirs Mill Elementary School in June of 2008. Since then, the camp program has been honored with a Maryland Governor’s Service Award and a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.

The Police Adventure Camp is a community effort and donations have been crucial to its success. The department would like to thank the McDonalds in Twinbrook, the Chick-fil-A in the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center in Rockville, Branded ’72 in Rockville, the Twinbrook Deli, Giuseppi’s Pizza Plus in Rockville and Jersey Mike’s in the Wintergreen Shopping Center in Rockville, for their generous donations.

NOTE: Members of the media are encouraged to cover this unique camp experience. Excellent coverage opportunities include:
*Monday, June 26, 2 p.m., for the SWAT presentation to the campers
*Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m., for K-9 demonstrations.
*Friday, June 30 at 3 p.m. for the culminating graduation ceremony.
Please call the Public Information Office, 240-773-5030 (option 4) to coordinate your coverage of the camp.
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