Monday, September 20, 2010

National Take Back Initiative

National Take Back Initiative

On Saturday September 25, 2010 the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Mount Rainier Police Department and police departments throughout Prince George’s County and the nation will engage in a collaborative effort focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications locally to the MRPD for destruction. This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for pharmaceutical controlled substances.

Collection Day Protocols

• Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances will be collected at the Mount Rainier Police Department located at 3249 Rhode Island Avenue here in Mount Rainier.
• This program is anonymous and the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications will be protected. No questions or requests for identification will be made. • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box. If an original container is submitted, individuals are encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
• The Mount Rainier Police Department will not count, inventory, or log medications.
• All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
• Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel will handle such material as abandoned property in accordance with department policy.
• All participants will retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. MRPD personnel will not handle medications at any time.

Residents who would like to participate in this valuable program should bring their unwanted pharmaceuticals to the Mount Rainier Police Department between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm. Anyone having questions about the program and its protocols can contact MRPD program coordinator, PFC Tuk Carpenter, at 301-985-6580.

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