Medication Recovery Day is April 30 at Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Do you have old medications you no longer need? If so, the Falls Church Police Department will be happy to dispose of them for you.

The department will host a collection site near the police entrance outside of City Hall (300 Park Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Take Back Day.

The public can safely and anonymously drop off potentially dangerous prescription drugs and/or unwanted or expired over-the-counter drugs during the event.

Materials accepted include tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Vaping devices and cartridges are accepted, provided the lithium batteries are removed. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharp objects and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 93,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020, an increase of 29% from 2019. The increase in drug overdose deaths appears to have started before the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated considerably during the first months of the pandemic.

With studies indicating that the majority of overused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including home medicine cabinets, it is essential to dispose of unused medications.

On its last Take Back Day in October 2021, the DEA collected more than 372 tons of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription drugs from more than 5,000 Take Back Day sites.

Over the 10 years of Take Back Day, the DEA brought in over 7,634 tons of prescription drugs. For more information about Take Back Day and other collection sites, visit TakeBackDay.dea.gov.

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