Dispose of Medications on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Published on October 24, 2022


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s fall National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, October 29. The Arlington County Police Department is encouraging community members to take this opportunity to clear their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and safely dispose of them in one of Arlington’s four permanent drug take-back boxes. This disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Proper storage and disposal of medication enables you to ensure the safety of you, your family and our community. Unused or expired prescription medications can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and misuse. In addition, unused prescription drugs that are thrown in the trash have the potential of being retrieved and used while medications that are flushed contaminate the water supply. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of this potentially lifesaving program.

Permanent Drug Take-Back Locations in Arlington County

The public can safely dispose of prescription medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with no questions 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 (permanent box is located outside the 14th Street entrance)
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. Free drug deactivation bags are also available through the Department of Human Services.

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Resources and Services

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there are numerous treatment resources available in Arlington 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. Visit OneArlington to learn more about Arlington’s Comprehensive Opioid Response.


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