22nd Annual National Drug Take Back Day Results

Our partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration continued alongside several Fairfax County agencies for this year’s 22nd Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative. On Saturday, April 30, officers from our eight district stations helped collect over 1,300 pounds of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications from members of our community at drop off sites across the county. The totals for each station are listed below, along with the cumulative total:

Sully104 pounds
Mount Vernon86 pounds
McLean116 pounds
Mason145 pounds
Reston Hospital Center247 pounds
Franconia165 pounds
West Springfield306 pounds
Fair Oaks160 pounds
TOTAL1,329 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 were not able to make it on Saturday, 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.

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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