19th Annual Drug Take Back Day – Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, our department, along with a number of other Fairfax County agencies participated in the 19th Annual National Drug Take Back Initiative this past Saturday, Oct. 24. Officers from each of our eight districts staffed collection sites where community members safely disposed of 1,696 pounds of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Sully100 pounds
Mount Vernon184 pounds
McLean102 pounds
Mason173 pounds
Reston & Reston INOVA303 pounds
Franconia134 pounds
West Springfield at Kings Park Library487 pounds
Fair Oaks213 pounds
TOTAL1,696 pounds

This important initiative addresses vital safety and public health issues. Unused or expired over the counter or prescription medicine left unsecured can be prone to misuse and may contribute to overdoses and accidental poisonings.

Drug Take Back Boxes Available Year-Round

In case you missed this year’s 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.  Additional information can be found on the Health Department’s website here.

Our district stations are always open to the public. Addresses and additional information on each of our stations are available at the following links:

Sully District Station

Mount Vernon District Station

McLean District Station

Mason District Station

Reston District Station

Franconia District Station

West Springfield District Station

Fair Oaks District Station

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