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

On Saturday, April 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montgomery County law enforcement agencies and the County’s Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office will be participating in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 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.

Fifteen 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 the facility lobbies:

Chevy Chase:

  • Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                                                          
    5906 Connecticut Avenue


  • MCP 2nd District Police at Village of Friendship Heights Community  Center
    4433 S. Park Avenue


  • MCP 1st District Station/ Public Safety Headquarters
    100 Edison Park Drive


  • MCP 6th District Station
    45 West Watkins Mill Road


  • Gaithersburg Police Station
    14 Fulks Corner Avenue


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


  • MCP 5th District Station
    20000 Aircraft Drive


  • Churchill Senior Living
    21000 Father Hurley Blvd.


  • Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriff’s
    2 W. Montgomery Ave. – Lobby of Rockville City Police Station


  • 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
    1002 Milestone Drive


  • Schweinhaut Senior Center
    1000 Forest Glen Road

Takoma Park:

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


  • 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.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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



The Montgomery County Police Department – Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Night Out Planned for Friday, May 19

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit is committed to educating and bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Down Syndrome to the community and to officers, while also providing resources to loved ones of those with one of these conditions.  The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit has created a layered approach to Autism and Intellectual Disabilities awareness, that includes education, outreach, follow up, empowerment, and response.

The department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with these disorders have a huge responsibility and that understanding, support, and collaboration with local police officers is essential.

On Friday, May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department, with the assistance of Autism Speaks, Pathfinders For Autism, and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) will host the fifth annual “Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out” at the new location of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg (8751 Snouffer School Road).  It is our goal that this safety fair will provide valuable information to loved ones while also providing an opportunity for our officers to receive additional information from caregivers about these medical conditions.  We also plan on having a lot of fun!  There will be activities for the entire family: meeting some of our canines, touring emergency vehicles, face painting, and bouncing on a moon bounce.  Additional information will be released as the event nears.

So that we can better plan, please let us know if you are coming to the event by signing up online. (Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!)



  • Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


  • NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg

For Who

  • Caregivers, Parents, Loved Ones, and Community Members Who Want to Learn More About Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Questions about the event?

  • Please contact Officer Laurie Reyes by email:

To Sign Up Online:

  • Please click here
  • Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!


A preview of the t-shirt that will be given to attendees at the event!

These vehicle window clings will be handed out at the event. These window clings are intended to aid first responders in an emergency and also are meant to bring awareness of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

The Montgomery County Police Department Joins Nextdoor

The Montgomery County Police Department is joining Nextdoor (, a free, private social network for your neighborhood.  Nextdoor is an additional platform that the Department, District Commanders, and other Department personnel will use to improve communication with residents.

Police Department personnel will be able to post important information, to include crime alerts, safety information, and community events, to Nextdoor.  Residents can reply to Department posts, forward information, and send private messages to Police Department representatives.

In Nextdoor, each neighborhood has its own webpage, accessible only to residents in that neighborhood.  Police department representatives cannot view the content of neighborhood webpages in Nextdoor.

Please note that Nextdoor is not to be used to request police or emergency services.  Residents need to call 9-1-1 in emergency situations or call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 to report non-emergencies.

Residents can sign up with Nextdoor by visiting the Nextdoor website at or by downloading the Nextdoor application.  For questions with the Nextdoor website, please visit:

Residents are also encouraged to follow the Police Department on Facebook and on Twitter.  Police Department press releases can be found at




Santa Trades in Sleigh for MCP Harley to Benefit Children’s Inn at NIH

On Wednesday, December 14, Santa will trade in his sleigh to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle during the Police Department’s annual Santa Ride that benefits The Children’s Inn at NIH.  The Department invites residents to stop at any of the predetermined locations to visit with Santa and his motor officer elves.


Santa and his elves (aka: motor officers) will travel throughout the county on their motorcycles as they make their way to bring gifts and donations from local businesses and organizations to the children and families at the Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health).  While at the Inn, officers will help the children choose presents for their family members at a gift shop.

“The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential ‘place like home’ for up to 59 seriously ill children and their families who stay together while participating in groundbreaking medical research at the National Institutes of Health, the world’s leading biomedical research center. Families come from across the country and around the world to stay together at The Inn – free of charge – no matter how long they need to stay. The Inn gives kids a chance to be kids and aims to reduce the burdens of illness through recreational, therapeutic and educational programming.”  – The Children’s Inn at NIH

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Destination Address Arrival Time
5th District (Germantown) Station 20000 Aircraft Dr, Germantown 10:00 a.m.
Upcounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown 10:05 a.m.
Wegmans 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown 10:30 a.m.
Kentlands Market Square
By Starbucks,121 Market Street, Kentlands 11:05 a.m.
Public Safety Headquarters 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg 11:30 a.m.
Bennigan’s (Lunch)
23315 N Frederick Avenue, Clarksburg 12:30 a.m.
Fair Hill Plaza – Harris Teeter 18169 Town Center Drive, Olney 2:30 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive near Starbucks 915 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring
3:10 p.m.
Veteran’s Park
Intersection of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues 3:50 p.m.
The Children’s Inn at NIH Private event – Patients only 4:30 p.m.

*Santa will do his very best to stay on schedule but please note that all times are approximate.  Please follow the Department on Twitter @mcpnews during the Santa Ride for the most up-to-the-minute information.

In the past, residents have inquired why the Santa Ride cannot begin at night so that school children may have a better opportunity to see Santa.  Please know that the ultimate goal of this ride is meet with the families of NIH, so we need to make sure that we arrive at the Inn at a reasonable hour and that Santa has time to talk with all of the children.  We appreciate your understanding.


To provide a financial donation to the Children’s Inn at NIH, please see the below letter from the Children’s Inn:

To Whom It May Concern:

The Montgomery County Police Department, in association with other law enforcement offices within the county have become partners in the annual “Santa’s Escort Ride” to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. The procession of over 30 uniformed policemen led by Santa on a Harley has become a highlight of the holiday season for the last several years. The charity ride has even captured the attention of many media outlets.

The Children’s Inn is a private, nonprofit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at the National Institutes of Health.  Its purpose is to keep children together with their families during serious illness, reduce their stress and facilitate the healing process through mutual support. In fiscal year 2016, more than 1,500 families came from 50 states and 86 countries to stay at The Inn. Families do not pay to stay at the Inn; we rely solely on private contributions to sustain our operations.

We are seeking financial donations from local organizations and businesses. All donations raised from this event will help support operational expenses as well as programs for the entire family. These services include recreational, therapeutic, wellness, educational, and spiritual programming. Each one designed to build community and well being among residents and to provide children and families a natural opportunity to meet and make friends with others going through similar experiences.

We are hoping you will be able to donate to this charity event. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation will help The Children’s Inn continue to provide much needed services to seriously ill children and their families. To provide a financial donation on-line, please visit our website at, and enter your information. You may also mail your donation to The Children’s Inn at NIH, Attn: Donation Department in c/o Santa Police Ride, 7 West Drive, Bethesda, MD  20814.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at or by phone at 301-451-9454.  Thank you in advance for considering our request.

With gratitude,
Laura King
Sr. Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach


FOLLOW ALONG: Virtual “Santa Ride” – #MCPSantaRide

@mcpnews on Twitter


  • If you are unable to stop and see Santa and his elves along the Santa Ride route, MCP invites you to join us on a virtual ride-along with Santa as MCP officers will post updates to our social media (Facebook and Twitter) as the Santa Ride progresses through the County. #MCPSantaRide
  • If you are able to join us for the Santa Ride, please tag us in your photos posted to social media.


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MCP and Target to Host Heroes & Helpers Event Tomorrow



  • What:  MCP and Target will host a Heroes and Helpers event to help students from Maryvale Elementary School and Twinbrook Elementary School purchase holiday gifts for their families.
  • When: Tomorrow – Saturday, December 10, 8:00 a.m.
  • Where: Target of Rockville, 5700 Bou Avenue

MCP has teamed up with Target of Rockville for the Heroes and Helpers shopping event to be held tomorrow (Saturday, December 10).  The Heroes and Helpers program pairs public safety officers with youth to shop for gifts for the holidays.  The gifts are purchased with Target gift cards donated by the store.

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.