You can participate in helping reduce the number of opioid overdoses on October 28. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a nationwide event aimed at reducing the number of expired, unused, or unwanted medications available to vulnerable individuals who may seek to misuse or abuse these substances. As opioid overdoses continue to impact individuals of all ages and backgrounds, one way to reduce access to these substances is to properly dispose of prescription medications. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved to be abused or illegally sold, and drugs flushed down toilets contaminate the water supply.
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board supports Take Back Day by coordinating collection sites and education throughout Fairfax County. Raymond Paden, Behavioral Health Prevention Program Manager shares that, “Drug Take Back Day is an effective way for community members to participate in keeping our communities safe, particularly for vulnerable populations such as youth, older adults and individuals with mental health or substance use disorders.”
What to do next:
- Locate all medications in your household that are no longer being used. Securely store them away from children and pets.
- Clearly label these medications to indicate disposal. Cross out any identifiable information (names, doctor’s names, etc.).
- Take collected medications to a collection site on October 28 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Collection Site Information
- Fair Oaks District Station
12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033
- Franconia District Station
6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
- Mason District Station
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
- Tysons Emergency
8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
- Mount Vernon District Station
2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
- Reston Hospital Center
1850 Town Center Parkway, Reston, VA 20190
Outside Pavilion 1, across from Parking Garage B
- Sully District Station
4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151
- West Springfield District Station
6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152
- Town of Vienna Police Department
215 Center Street South, Vienna, VA 22180
To find year-round disposal options, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “medicine disposal.”
Missed Take Back Day? Use the collection site locator to locate the closest authorized collector for year-round disposal.
For media inquiries, contact CSBCommunications@fairfaxcounty.gov.