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Fairfax County Police collect 1,300 pounds of prescription drugs

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA – The Fairfax County Police Department collected more than 1,300 pounds of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs Saturday as part of the 22nd annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative .

The goal of this bi-annual event, which took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to get rid of prescription drugs. Unsafe unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications can be subject to misuse and can contribute to accidental overdoses and poisonings.

FCPD is hosting the event in partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. At the April 2021 event, agencies across the United States collected nearly 840,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs.

On Saturday, residents dropped off prescription and over-the-counter medications at eight Fairfax County locations, with the West Springfield District Station collecting the most of any location in the county.

Here is the quantity of drugs collected at each of the eight sites:

  • Springfield West District: 306 pounds
  • Reston Hospital Center: 247 pounds
  • Franconia District station: 165 pounds
  • Fair Oaks Neighborhood: 160
  • District Mason: 145 pounds
  • Quarter McLean: 116 pounds
  • Sully district: 104 pounds
  • Mount Vernon: 86 pounds
On Saturday, police collected more than 1,300 pounds of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs. (Fairfax County Police Department)

Drug collection boxes are available year-round at each of the eight police stations. Items accepted include prescription medications, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, and pet medications. Prohibited items include needles, liquids of all kinds, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, spray cans and inhalers.

The addresses and additional information for each police station are available on these links: Sully neighborhood police station; Mount Vernon District Station; McLean District Station; Mason District Station; Reston District Station; Franconian District Station; West Springfield District Station; and Fair Oaks District Station.

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean