Drug disposal unit

Disposal unit located in Montgomery Safety Center lobby

The Montgomery Safety Center has a drop off box for expired or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs. One can dispose of unused or unneeded pills or patches every day of the year in a disposal unit located within the Safety Center lobby, 10150 Montgomery Road, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Persons may not dispose of any dangerous, hazardous or non-compliant items in a collection receptacle. This includes medical sharps and needles ( e.g. insulin syringes) and compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g. asthma inhalers).   Other non-compliant items that may not be placed into a collection receptacle include iodine-containing medications and mercury-containing thermometers.

Liquids may not be disposed of in a collection receptable. If you have any liquid medications, it is recommended that you pour the liquid in sand or cat litter, seal the waste in a plastic bag and then dispose of the waste in the garbage. The disposal unit cannot receive liquid medications or needles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends disposing of unused or unneeded drugs through the annual Drug Take Back events held every year in April or to an authorized agent that can receive the expired or unused drugs.  The disposal unit in the Safety Center is such a location.The FDA recommends against flushing drugs down the toilet or pouring down the drain and adding drug residue to the water supply unnecessarily.

Accepting these materials places the collector at risk and might cause a dangerous situation.  You should continue to use any valid methods you currently utilize to dispose of those medications and medical implements.