Fairfax County Expands Drug Take Back Box Program

January 10, 2019
Fairfax County Expands Drug Take Back Box Program
“Another important step in addressing the opioid public health crisis”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2019
CONTACT: Dave Foreman 703-987-7165/703-451-8873

Fairfax, VA – This week, Fairfax County announced the expansion of the Prescription Drug Take Back Box Program countywide. The boxes are available 24/7/365 at each district police station. The program is being administered by the Property and Evidence Section of the Fairfax County Police Department so there will be minimal disruption to the important work of our police station personnel. 

In January of 2017, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Herrity’s motion to establish permanent Drug Take Back Boxes in each of our district police stations. These boxes were proven successful in many jurisdictions across the country and the Commonwealth. In October of 2017, the first Fairfax County Drug Take Back Box was piloted in the West Springfield District Police station, located in the main lobby just outside of Supervisor Herrity’s office. The box has been in the lobby for any person to anonymously and safely dispose of their prescription medications 24/7/365 - no questions asked. Since its inception, the Drug Take Back Box has been a tremendous success, accumulating over 735 pounds of prescription drugs and opioids to date.

While the county is not seeing the opioid public health crisis as acutely as other parts of Virginia, we must continue to face the fact that the opioid crisis is in our neighborhoods and schools. Addiction is happening in all parts of the county. It is important to get unused medicines, especially opioids, out of your medicine cabinets to prevent accidental or illicit use.

Several Fairfax County pharmacies also take back unused prescription drugs. For a current list please go to https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/4-ways-to-safely-dispose-of-unused-medications/ .  Supervisor Herrity has also pushed for legislation to increase the number of pharmacies that will take back unused prescription drugs.

Supervisor Herrity provided the following statement:

"This is great news for our community as we continue the fight against opioids. I am very proud to have initiated this program over two years ago and of the tremendous success we have seen here at the West Springfield District Police Station." And added “About 75% of opioid addicts start with prescription drugs, this is another important step in addressing the opioid public health crisis.”

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