Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ October 2019

Got Drugs?  Just Say ‘YES!’ to Getting Rid of Them

By Fiona Morrissey

I declutter people’s homes for a living and often come across expired but still potent prescription drugs lying around in kitchen drawers, hanging out in bathroom closets, and even hidden under beds and secreted between couch cushions.  The reason why so many people hold onto meds that have outlived their purpose is simple:  they don’t know what to do with them.

People feel guilty about flushing leftover meds down the toilet in case they end up in the Chesapeake Bay.  And rightly so.  Throwing them in the garbage is also questionable.  What happens if some unstable person goes through their trash and finds them?  Or, if outdated drugs manage to make it to garbage day intact, nobody wants them leaching into the soil, even if it is put aside for landfill.  Some of my customers have heard about National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (this year on 26 October) but that’s just one day out of 365.  Easily missed.

The good news is that there are places in this County to bring your unwanted meds almost every day.  Just so you know, over-the-counter medications are not accepted.  Neither are syringes or liquids.  And, for some strange reason, neither Chevy Chase Village Police nor Med Star Pharmacy (Leisure World) will take veterinary medications.

The two closest Prescription Drug Drop-Off Sites in Montgomery County are:

So, if you have obsolete drugs cluttering up your home, bag ’em up, get in the car, and drive to one of these locations.  Just say YES!   ■

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