Drug Take Back Box Ribbon-Cutting at West Springfield Police Station, Saturday Oct. 28
Oct. 25, 2017
Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity and the West Springfield District Police Station are hosting a ribbon-cutting event on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. to announce the station’s Drug Take Back Box Pilot Program.
The station is located at 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield.
The new box is located in the lobby of the police station where people may anonymously and safely dispose of their prescription drugs, at any time and at no cost. The pilot is scheduled for six months and if successful,it is expected that the program will be rolled out to other police district offices.
While supplies last, residents can also pick up a free drug-deactivating pouch at the West Springfield District Police Station for safely discarding prescription drugs at home.
“Safely disposing of the opioids and other prescription drugs in our medicine cabinets is one critical piece to ending this public health crisis,” said Supervisor Herrity. “Seventy-five percent of heroin addicts begin with legally prescribed medications.”
A Drug Take Back Box is also located at the Town of Herndon Police Station, 397 Herndon Parkway, #300, or you can search for other nearby controlled substance public disposal locations.
The ribbon cutting follows Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a one-day event on Oct. 28 when you can drop off medications at any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off sites on Oct. 28.
More information on the importance of the safe disposal of opioids and prescription medications:
- Don’t Flush Your Medications
- Prescription Drugs in Our Water
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
- Opioids – A public health and safety crisis in our community
For more information on the ribbon-cutting event contact Erika Dyer at 703-906-6368 or Erika.firstname.lastname@example.org