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FairfaxPolice collection nets 1,400 pounds of medication

Police collection nets 1,400 pounds of medication

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Fairfax County police officers from the county’s eight district police stations on Oct. 23 helped collect 1,406 pounds of unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Community members dropped off the medications as part of the 21st annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Fairfax County police worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and several county agencies on the event.

Collections by district station were: Sully (149), Mount Vernon (89), McLean (220), Mason (174), Franconia (164), West Springfield (253) and Fair Oaks (108). Reston Hospital Center served as the drop-off point for the area served by the Reston District Station and collected 249 pounds of medications.

The drug-takeback initiative addresses safety and public-health issues, police said. Unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medicines left unsecured can be prone to misuse and may contribute to overdoses and accidental poisonings, officials said.

For residents who were unable to take part in the recent initiative, drug-takeback boxes are available year-round at each of the police department’s eight district stations.

Accepted items include prescription medication (Schedule II to V, controlled and non-controlled), prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications and pet medications. Prohibited items include needles (sharps), liquids of any kind, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans and inhalers.

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