Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on

Published on October 08, 2019

dtb3.png ARLINGTON, Va. — On Saturday, October 26, 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 18th opportunity in nine 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 and Sheriff's Office will collect prescription drugs at the following sites:

Fire Station #1
500 S. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204 

Fire Station #2
4805 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203 

Fire Station #9
1900 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204

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. Do not put this container in your recycling. If you need more information, contact your local pharmacist.

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

Residents unable to attend the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day are reminded that Arlington County has four permanent drug take-back boxes available in the County. Since the program launched in June of 2018, the Arlington community has safely disposed of 2,816 pounds of prescription medication.

The public can safely dispose of prescription medications 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
1425 N. Courthouse Road
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

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there are numerous treatment resources 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.

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