Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Published on April 11, 2019

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ARLINGTON, Va. — On Saturday, April 27, 2019 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 17th opportunity in eight 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.
National Drug Take Back Drop-Off Locations

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

  • Fire Station #2

    • 4805 Wilson Boulevard
      Arlington, Va. 22203



  • Fire Station #9

    • 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive
      Arlington, Va. 22204



  • Courthouse Parking Lot

    • 14th Street N. at N. Courthouse Road
      Arlington, Va. 22201




Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted. To safely dispose of sharps, Arlington County recommends placing the item in a hard-plastic container, such as a detergent bottle, securing the container and placing it in your trash cart.

For additional collection sites across the region, visit the site locator.
Permanent Drug Take-Back Locations in Arlington County

To provide residents with year-round opportunities to safely dispose of prescription medications, Arlington County installed permanent drug take-back boxes in 2018. Residents who are unable to attend the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events can dispose of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with no questions asked at the following locations:

  • Fire Station #2

    • 4805 Wilson Boulevard
      Arlington, Va. 22203



  • Fire Station #5

    • 1750 S. Hayes Street
      Arlington, Va. 22202



  • Fire Station #9

    • 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive
      Arlington, Va. 22204



  • Arlington County Police Department Headquarters

    • 2000 block of 14th Street N.
      Arlington, Va. 22201




Items accepted at the drug take-back boxes are prescriptions, vitamins, prescription ointments, pet medications, prescription patches and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted are needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions or liquids and hydrogen peroxide.
Additional Resources

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24/7 Anonymous Substance Use Support is available by calling 703-527-4077.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there are numerous treatment resources are available in Arlington County and through the Department of Human Services. Assistance is also available through Operation Safe Station, a designated safe environment where individuals wishing to seek help with their drug use can self-report and receive services, without fear of prosecution and incarceration.

MORE: Arlington's Comprehensive Opioid Response

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