Prescription Drug Collection Event is April 26

Got drugs? Arlington residents can safely dispose of any unused prescription medications at the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event is conducted in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which will ultimately discard whatever medications the city collects.

Turn in your unused or expired medication for anonymous, safe disposal.

ACCEPTED

  • Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers; liquid products, such as cough syrup (please keep sealed in original container.)

NOT ACCEPTED

  • Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine

TIPS

  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box.
  • All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process.

There will be four collection sites across the city:

  • North Police District, 620 W. Division St. 817-459-5600
  • East Police District, 2001 New York Ave. 817-459-5803
  • South Police District, 1030 SW Green Oaks Blvd. 817-459-6640
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 4400 W. Green Oaks Blvd. 817-563-0142
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 2410 Ballpark Way 817-861-7661

Expired and unused medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – require proper disposal. If left in homes, they could end up in the wrong hands, resulting in improper use or abuse. Throwing them away with regular trash or flushing them down the toilet creates additional health and environmental hazards. As a result, the DEA organizes National Drug Take-Back events twice a year. The Arlington Police Department and Arlington Water Utilities have partnered to ensure that drop-off locations are available for residents Saturday.

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