18th Annual Drug Take Back Day Results
Our department coordinated efforts with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Health Department for a successful 18th Annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. Each of our district stations along with Wegmans in Chantilly served as collection sites. A total of 1,246 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs were collected.
|Sully||5 bags||93 pounds|
|Mount Vernon||3 bags||127 pounds|
|McLean||6 bags||210 pounds|
|Mason||5 bags||91 pounds|
|Reston||13 bags||145 pounds|
|Franconia||7 bags||131 pounds|
|West Springfield||12 bags||249 pounds|
|Fair Oaks||7 bags||153 pounds|
|Wegmans||3 bags||47 pounds|
|TOTAL||61 bags||1,246 pounds|
This initiative addresses vital safety and public health issues. Unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medicine left unsecured are susceptible to misuse and can contribute to overdoses and accidental poisonings.
In addition to this annual initiative, drug take back boxes are available year round at each of our eight police stations. Accepted items include prescription medication (schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled), prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications and medications for pets. Prohibited items include needles (sharps), liquids of any kind, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, and inhalers.
Since the implementation of the drug take back boxes in November 2017 we have collected 4,183 pounds of prescription drugs. This includes 3,448 pounds of prescription drugs collected to date in 2019. These amounts do not include the Drug Take Back Day collections.
Our district stations are always open to the public. Addresses and additional information on each of our stations are available at the following links:
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