Drug Take Back Events in Alexandria This Weekend

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Drug Take Back Day in Alexandria, Virginia (Photo credit: Alexandria, Virginia Sheriff's Office)
(Photo credit: Alexandria, Virginia Sheriff's Office)

The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, with cooperation from the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, are staffing multiple drop off sites for Drug Take Back Day – Saturday, January 6, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Deputies from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unwanted medications outside The Neighborhood Pharmacy at 2204 Mount Vernon Avenue as part of this Drug Take Back Day. Officers from the Alexandria Police Department will be collecting unwanted medications at Police Headquarters as part of Drug Take Back Day.

Drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and other medications for safe disposal and destruction. These drugs can be a source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

This program also supports the goals of the Eco-City Alexandria initiative to promote a place where people can live healthier and economically productive lives while reducing their impact on the environment.

For more information about this event, please contact the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office at 703.746.4114.