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Drug-takeback effort on horizon in Vienna

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In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state and local law-enforcement agencies, the Vienna Police Department on April 30 again will participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day, Vienna police will collect old, expired, unused or unwanted medications. Prescription medications, controlled or non-controlled substances and over-the-counter drugs may be turned in anonymously at the collection point inside the Vienna Police Department’s temporary facility (which formerly was Faith Baptist Church) at 301 Center St., S.

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing it and disposing of it directly into the collection box. If an original container is used, the donor should consider removing any identifying information from the prescription label. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original container to prevent leakage.

DEA will collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers only after the batteries have been removed from the devices. DEA is not responsible for removing the batteries from the devices.


Police will not accept intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes due to associated hazards. The only exception will be Epipens.

Commercial businesses, pharmacies or other medical facilities may not use the event to discard expired medications or medical waste, police said.

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