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Vienna to again participate in drug-takeback effort

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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 again will participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes.

On Oct. 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Vienna police will provide a collection site for old, expired, unused or unwanted medications.

Prescription medications, controlled or non-controlled substances and over-the-counter drugs can be turned in anonymously at the collection point inside the Vienna Police Department’s temporary facility located at 301 Center St., S., which formerly was Faith Baptist Church.

(Vienna police now are in the process of moving into their brand-new headquarters building, located a chip shot away at 215 Center St., S.)

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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 are removed from the devices. The DEA is not responsible for removing the batteries from the devices.

Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to associated hazards. (The only exemption is Epipens.)

Commercial businesses, pharmacies or other medical facilities cannot use this event as a means to discard expired medications or medical waste.

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