Turn in Unwanted Prescriptions at Drug Take-Back Day

by Katie Pyzyk April 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm 3,707 15 Comments

It’s time again to gather up any old prescriptions lying around the house and turn them in for proper disposal. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Expired and unwanted prescriptions can be brought to sites throughout the county to prevent drug abuse and theft. It’s also an effort to prevent hazards from the improper disposal of these drugs, such as in the trash or flushing down a toilet. The service is free and there are no questions asked.

There are several sites throughout Arlington collecting the drugs from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in addition to those announced by the Arlington County Police Department last week. Here is the full list:

  • Arlington Fire Station #1, 500 S. Glebe Road
  • Arlington Fire Station #8, 4845 Lee Highway
  • Arlington Fire Station #9, 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive
  • Pentagon parking lot, 551 Army Navy Drive
  • Ft. Myer Post Exchange, 104 McNair Road

The following site will be operating on Friday, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. It will not hold hours on Saturday:

  • Arlington Hall Station Building 1, 111 S. George Mason Drive

  • Ashton Heights
  • rush limbaugh

    I’ll gladly turn them in for you if I can just stop by and collect them from you.

    • drax

      Oxycontin good, birth control pills bad.

  • Useless

    These hours are so restrictive that it’s useless unless you work near one of these sites.

    • vabutterfly

      On SATURDAY, so hours are OK.

      • Nope

        Read it again–Friday only. If it were Saturday only, that would make more sense. (Aren’t there firefighters around all the time at a fire station?)

  • DSS10

    They will never meet their quota….

  • Concerned Parent

    Parents need to stop and make sure they dispose of old medicines and take advantage of this day. Many wouldn’t believe that kids abuse pills. Sometimes parents are unknowingly their own child’s drug dealer with these unattended pills. Many think their kids won’t turn to heroin because their kid would never do drugs with a needle (you don’t have to.) Teen addicts in treatment tell myteensavers that they often did not have the anti-drug message reinforced in the home. They also say home drug testing would have caught experimentation before it became addiction. Please take part in this event!

    • well said! I’m going to try to remember to get rid of mine – my kids don’t know how to take pills yet – so maybe I’ll postpone it some more – they just don’t want to learn yet.

  • cahill22201

    I cannot believe I am going to admit this, but…
    When I first read the title of this article, I saw it as “Turn In Unwanted Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” as if there had been some scandalous ‘turn’.

  • Tabs

    Well, that was a wild goose chase.

    The Fire Station One is at 500 S. Glebe. I don’t know what 111 S. Glebe is…someone’s house? In any case, there was no one there to collect the meds I was bringing in. Some firemen were up on the ladder in the back but there was too much noise for me to get their attention, so I left.

    The CVS pharmacist thought that the police station collects meds every Saturday? I told her I don’t think so.

    • nom de guerre


      “The following site will be operating on Friday, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. It will not hold hours on Saturday:
      Arlington Hall Station Building 1, 111 S. George Mason Drive.”

      The other sites listed are open on SATURDAY from 10am-2pm.

      • Tabs

        Thanks. For some reason, it reads like Thursday was the Take Back Day, with Friday as an additional day. I’m not the only confused reader apparently.

        Still, I don’t know what 111 S. Glebe is supposed to be.

  • nom de guerre


    Arlington Hall Station Building 1, 111 S. GEORGE MASON DRIVE from 9-2pm on Friday only.

    • Tabs

      I know. I went there but didn’t see a building or anywhere to turn. Just houses .


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