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.
|Mount Vernon||184 pounds|
|Reston & Reston INOVA||303 pounds|
|West Springfield at Kings Park Library||487 pounds|
|Fair Oaks||213 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.
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:
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