REMINDER: Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Ba

Published on March 28, 2018

UPDATE April 23:  The Arlington County Police Department, in collaboration with Arlington County Department of Human Services and Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), will be providing expanded programming for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28, 2018.  The Department of Human Services will have staff members at each collection site to provide information on substance abuse treatment resources and the VHC Pharmacist Outreach Team will be providing a pharmacist at the Langston-Brown Community Center location to answer questions regarding prescription pills and medications.  Thank you to our partners for helping to provide these additional services to the community!

The following agencies and organizations have partnered for this important community event:

  • US Drug Enforcement Administration

  • Arlington County Police Department

  • Arlington County Fire Department

  • Arlington County Sheriff's Office

  • Arlington County Department of Human Services

  • Virginia Hospital Center


ARLINGTON, Va. — On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted.

The Arlington County Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs at the following sites:

Langston-Brown Community Center

2121 N. Culpeper Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Fire Station #9

1900 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204

Gunston Community Center

2700 S. Lang Street
Arlington, VA 22206

For additional collection sites across the region, visit the site locator.

If residents are unable to participate in this event, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services advises residents to throw unwanted prescription drugs in the trash. The County's municipal solid waste is incinerated at the energy-from-waste facility so medications, when thrown away, will be incinerated. To dispose of medications in the trash, remove them from their original container, add water to melt the pills then place them in an unattractive substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them in your garbage.

Arlington County is committed to having an open dialogue on the dangers of substance abuse in our community. Join Arlington County law enforcement, Arlington County Public Schools and Arlington County Human Services for its Substance Use Town Hall: One Crisis, One Community, One Conversation on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, from 7-9 p.m.

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