Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said more than 60 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired medications were collected on Saturday, October 26 as part of the National Take-Back Medications Day sponsored by local law enforcement agencies and the DEA. “We thank the folks in Charles County who participated in this event; every bit helps,” said Sheriff Coffey.

Unused medicines that are left inside medicine cabinets can be dangerous because they can get into the hands of people who might abuse them and prescription drug abusers often commit other crimes such as theft and burglary. But getting rid of unused medicines can be tricky because they can be toxic to the environment if they are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash.

As a way to help minimize the potential for abuse and in a manner that is environmentally friendly, the sheriff’s office is available to dispose of the medicines. Simply bring unwanted medications to any of the CCSO district stations in La Plata or Waldorf, remove the labels on the bottles and place the medicines in a designated, secured box which can be found in the station’s lobby. An officer will make sure the medicines are disposed of safely and properly.

Medicines can be dropped off any time, any day. Liquid medications and syringes are not accepted. For more information, please visit the Sheriff’s Office Website at or call any of the district stations.

Medication Take-Back Day

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